Local 479 Awarded Jurisdiction for Majority of Alabama
At our most recent General Membership Meeting, we were pleased to announce to our membership that Local 479 has been awarded the geographical jurisdiction of the state of Alabama (minus Mobile and its vicinity) by the IA. Local 479 will represent the the craft jurisdiction of Studio Mechanics in this area, while Locals 78 and 900 continue to cover the Stagehands craft jurisdiction in Birmingham and Huntsville respectively. Local 478 out of Louisiana will have Studio Mechanics jurisdiction over the city of Mobile, AL and its vicinity, while Local 491 continues to manage Savannah.
Moving forward, Local 479’s membership will be made up of both GA and AL residents. We will be responsible for administering all contracts with productions shooting in both Georgia (except Savannah) and Alabama (except Mobile), and we will continue our effort of organizing non-union shows into Alabama and work to provide fair and safe working conditions for residents of both states.
We are excited about this increase in our jurisdiction size, and look forward to the many opportunities it provides our members.
Mike Akins, Business Agent