479 NEWS

2021 Area Standards Agreement

The International has provided a video explaining the gains accomplished in the 2021 Area Standards Tentative Agreement.


Atlanta’s Young Workers Provide Reception for IATSE Officer’s Institute

Atlanta's Young Workers Provide Reception for IATSE Officer's Institute

Last week Local 479’s Young Worker’s Committee collaborated with Local 600’s YWC to provide a reception for attendees of the IATSE Officer’s Institute, an intensive set of courses designed to educate IATSE local union officers and Business Agents on the finer points of running a local, understanding the bargaining process, and exploring best practices for building stronger, more active locals.

IATSE members from around the country and from Canada flew into Atlanta to attend the 1.0 and 2.0 (Advanced Secretary Treasurer 2.0) classes in the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

It was a beautiful week in Atlanta and we hope that our fellow brothers and sisters enjoyed the experience and learned a lot!

IATSE Safety App Now Available

The IATSE Safety Info App is an information reference and hazard reporting tool for IATSE members. The application provides important safety information, such as studio safety hotline telephone numbers, industry-specific safety bulletins and articles, and a form for reporting hazards encountered on the worksite. (Download links are available at the end of this article) (more…)

Growth Equals Strength

The 2nd Quarter issue of The Bulletin was released this afternoon, and is devoted to the theme “Growth = Strength”, as set forward by President Matthew D. Loeb in his latest newsletter, on page 5.  This quarter’s issue is a lead-in to the 68th Quadrennial Convention and of particular interest to members of Local 479 is the article “Growth Equals Strength”, which recounts (more…)

International’s Statement on Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill

The International posted the following statement earlier today:

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is strongly against the Georgia religious liberty bill, and against any actions to override Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of this bill.

Georgia is a major location of motion picture and television production work, providing thousands of jobs to working people in the entertainment industry. This bill will hurt Georgia’s economy, and in turn, hurt the lives of those entertainment workers.

”Not only is this a human rights issue by discriminating against the LGBTQ community, it is a workers’ issue because it threatens an economy that allows people to put food on the table,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb.

Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement. As a union that represents people working in the entertainment industry and strives for equality and diversity, the IATSE strongly stands against any legislation that would hurt Georgia’s economy and discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

IATSE Launches Safety Hotline Program


In mid-June the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees launched its safety hotline program for members to report hazards on the job.  The nature of IATSE members’ entertainment-industry jobs means working for many different employers. As the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) puts the responsibility of reporting hazards on the employers, the IATSE Safety Hotline is meant as a safety net for when the (more…)