479 NEWS

2017 Health & Wellness Day Wrap-Up


IATSE Local 479 Benefits Coordinator Lauralyn Walsh reports that this year’s Health & Wellness Day saw an increase in attendance and looks forward to even more growth for next year’s event. In addition to the screenings mentioned in this year’s announcement, the event also included specialized hearing exams and testing for prostate cancer. The remote mammogram testing team was unable to be secured due to low pre-registration by our membership, which is largely due to our membership’s age skewing younger. (more…)

A Homerun for Georgia’s Fallen Firefighters Foundation


On September 11th Local 479’s Young Workers Committee hosted its second annual Atlanta Film Community Kickball Tournament in Central Park, raising more than $26,000 for the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation (gafallenfirefighters.org). Sixteen teams from across Atlanta’s production community faced off on six fields in an epic battle for first place. Team MacGyver took the top spot, earning their name on the YWC’s loving cup trophy, permanently displayed in the office for all to see.

More than $26,000 raised for the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation!

The YWC selected this charity in commemoration of the sacrifice of our nation’s firefighters on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The amount raised by the YWC and its partnering organizations and sponsors is especially significant, as the GFFF’s entire annual budget comes from donations, and since they typically only raise about $15,000 annually our contribution more than doubled their annual donations, providing them with the ability to provide enhanced support to the men and women they serve in Georgia and its neighboring states. (more…)

2016 Atlanta Film Community Kickball Tournament Thank You!

Special thanks to the leadership from our various locals and guilds participating in the kickball tournament yesterday!


Leaders present, from left to right:  Christina Fiers (National Sergeant at Arms, Local 600), Darla McGlamery (Atlanta Business Representative, Local 600), Michael Akins (Business Agent, Local 479), Raymond Brown, Jr. (President, Local 479), Rick Reitz (President, SAG-AFTRA, Atlanta Local), Alfeo Dixon (Co-Chair of National Training Committee, Local 600) for all you do to guide and encourage our young workers in their crafts!! #ywc #youngworkerscommittee

Young Worker’s Conference a Success


Less than a year after its foundation the Local 479 Young Workers Committee was selected to sponsor the National Young Worker’s Conference in the meeting hall at Local 479’s headquarters building, from May 19th through 21st. More than 100 Young IATSE Workers traveled to (more…)

Local 479 Hosts YWC Conference


Local 479 President Ray Brown opened the 2016 Young Worker’s Conference with great enthusiasm yesterday to a packed house in our local’s meeting hall. Thanks to all of our (more…)

YWC Oscars Viewing Party


Local 479’s Young Worker’s Committee has organized a social mixer for our younger members between the ages of 18 and 35. Get spiffed up and celebrate this year’s Academy Awards with us on Sunday, February 28th. Members only, more information has been sent out to members via email.

Kickball Tournament A Fun Time For All

2015 Kickball Tournament in Piedmont Park

After an initial postponement due to a rain out, Local 479’s Young Workers Committee successfully launched this rollicking kickball tourney to benefit The Global Village Project School, raising $18,425 on behalf of the Atlanta-based charity, which helps refugee girls with interrupted schooling to gain access to the education necessary to pursue their dreams.

More than $18,000 raised for The Global Village Project School

12 teams faced off at Piedmont Park, pitting the crews of shows like The Walking Dead, Finding Carter, Game of Silence, and The Originals against several grip departments, a team from (more…)

First Annual YWC Charity Kickball Tournament Announced


The IATSE Local 479 Young Workers Committee have announced their “kick-off” event: The 1st Annual YWC Charity Kickball Tournament! Every show is invited to form a team of 15 players and play against other shows in an all day event. If you are not on a show but still want to play in the tournament you can always register as a free agent and be assigned to a team. Teams can be comprised of any members of your show’s cast or crew – IATSE, DGA, PA’s, WHATEVER! All proceeds benefit The Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls located in Decatur, GA. (more…)

First Local 479 Young Workers Committee Convenes

Photograph of Local 479's first Young Worker's Committee Board

In this photo (from left to right): Brian Carroll (YWC Secretary – Fixtures), Vincent Kelly (Set Decoration), Liam Dowling (Craft Service), Anthony Gary (Grip), Kevin Cheatham, YWC Chair (Grip), Hilary Smiley, YWC Co-Chair (Costumes), Sara Cobbeldick (Costumes), Glenn Peison (Props), Jenn Hutchins (Office Manager)

Today marked the first official meeting of Local 479’s branch of the IATSE Young Worker’s Committee. The International started this subcommittee in 2012 to provide our young union members with a greater understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and to encourage their active participation in the IATSE. From what we’ve seen so far, Georgia’s local branch of the YWC is off to a flying start and will engage members of ALL ages in many ways, from outreach programs that benefit our local communities to fun member-only activities like the upcoming YWC kickball tournament in August. We look forward to developing a strong group of men and women to lead Local 479 long into the future!