Member Services

Making Your Life Easier

By becoming a member of IATSE you made a decision to work as a professional in the film & television industry, and as a professional you demand benefits to protect your family’s health and to provide for your retirement years. Local 479 recognizes the challenges that our busy members face throughout the year and have provided a dedicated staff and this web resource to ensure that you can find the information you need to help you make the right decisons for you and your family, at any time of the day or night.

Events Calendar

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Office Staff

Member Services

Lajuana Scott assists with applications and transfers.

Lajuana Scott

Member Services

Lajuana Scott assists new members with the application process, and handles transfers and withdrawals. She is available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Lauralynn Walsh is the Benefits Coordinator

Lauralyn Walsh

Benefits Coordinator

Lauralyn Walsh assists members with managing their benefits. She routinely helps members negotiate a wide variety of complex rules, regulations and legal requirements, including: qualified child support orders, divorce decree/settlement, 401K Rollovers, assistance with administering pensions and annuities, healthcare paperwork issues, and requirements by the National Benefits Office. Lauralynn is also a certified Notary Public.

Sarah Williams, Accounts Receivable

Sarah Williams

Accounts Receivable

Sarah collects monies owed from non-members and members of other IA locals, and processes new member fees and current member charges. She is responsible for sending out membership cards and quarterly stamps.

Auditing Department

The Auditing Department is responsible for collecting and reviewing all payroll and crew deal information for every union show filmed in the Local 479 jurisdiction. They review all covered craft positions to be certain that employees were paid correctly and received all appropriate additions (such as travel/per diem for distant hires), and confirm that employers properly paid benefit contributions to the National Benefits Fund and that Local 479 has received the correct work dues earnings for all covered craft positions, and bills/credits members as necessary.

Bobbie Thomas

Auditor

Bobbie oversees the audit of each project, reviewing paid benefits and assessments for all covered craft positions, billing and crediting members as necessary. She provides regular reports of discrepancies to the Business Agent.

Brittany Marshall

Auditing Assistant

Brittany assists the Auditor with compliance data collection and review.

Member Dashboard

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One of the most useful online tools available to our members is the Member Dashboard, a centralized, individually password-protected repository of information covering your work history as a member of Local 479, from specific production details, to your personal account status and payment history. Upon logging in you will be able to find links to proprietary information about current shows in production, access to specific contracts, and benefit information, as well as Local 479’s E-Board and General Membership meeting minutes. Clicking the “My Account” button will take you to your personal profile, where you can check your standing with Local 479.

Member Media Center

Note: Access to the Media Center is currently available by appointment only, due to Covid-19. Please call ahead to schedule a time to use this facility.

The Member Media Center provides members with computer workstations (Mac and PC) stocked with local & national industry trade magazines (like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter), and features large wall-mounted computer displays listing the latest television and feature film projects currently in production. All workstations are internet connected and can print to a high-quality laser printer. The Member Media Center is a great temporary workspace where you can update and print your resume, conduct online job research, and view videos from previous training classes. This workspace is also available at no charge to members needing access to wi-fi and/or computers and printers for personal use.

Use of Local 479 Facility

Certain rooms of Local 479’s building may be rented by members in good standing for private purposes, like weddings, receptions, parties, and meetings, as long as there is no conflict with existing events. The rental cost depends on the nature and scale of your event, and includes the use of the commercial kitchen. Contact the Local and ask to speak to the office manager for more information.

Member Fitness Center

NOTICE: the Member Fitness Center is closed until further notice due to Covid-19.

Many of our members get their workouts by lifting equipment and pushing dollies 12 hours a day, but what happens when you’re between shows and feeling a little flabby? As an additional benefit to our members in good standing, the local has created a fitness center within our office building that is available 24 HOURS, 7 DAYS A WEEK for your use. The Local 479 Fitness Center offers treadmills, ellipticals, and a StairMaster for a varied cardio workout, a fixed weight stack multi-use machine, as well as a dedicated area for stretching and yoga, which includes mats, balls and other equipment, two 24” televisions with cable access and DVD players, men’s and women’s restrooms/changing rooms with showers, a mini fridge, and filtered drinking water.

Recovery and Mental Health

Do You Need Help?

If you have realized that you need help for issues that you cannot overcome on your own we want you to know that you are not the only person facing these problems, and that help is available! Need Help Information Sheet (PDF, 127kb)

There is Good News!
There Is a Solution!

The contact information provided here can be your first step in addressing the issues that you have had no success in dealing with on your own. The people you will be talking to have “been there and done that.” – You will be in good hands.

If it is determined that you need in-house treatment, the IATSE health care does provide up to a 30 day hospital stay! You must have coverage through Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield for in-house treatment. If you have a different policy, please check with them to see if they will cover in-house treatment for substance abuse.

Please contact me directly if you need guidance as to the best facility for the issue you are dealing with.

I am here to help you! Your privacy is my first concern.

You will be protected.

Billy Deacon,

Director of Local 479 Substance Abuse Recovery Program – (678) 777-6204

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you need immediate help please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at:

1 (800) 273-8255

Don’t hesitate – please call right now.


Depression or Anxiety

Mobile Crisis Services: Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities

This crisis line is for people dealing with severe depression or anxiety who need professional help immediately. They will find someone to see you within 24 hours and sometimes the same day.

This 24/7 mobile response provides immediate on-site crisis management through assessment, de-escalation, consultation and referral with post crisis follow up to assure linkage with recommended services. These services may be accessed by calling the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1 (800) 715-4225 and on the web at: https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/mobile-crisis-services

CLICK HERE: Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking.

Central Office (24/7)
website: aa.org
(404) 525-3178


Georgia Overdose Prevention

This grassroots organization is comprised of parents, healthcare professionals, harm reduction advocates and friends of those who have lost loved ones to accidental drug overdose.

website: GeorgiaOverdosePrevention.org
facebook: facebook.com/GeorgiaOverdosePrevention/


Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society that employs the classic 12-step model for addressing substance use disorders.

website: na.org
Midtown Atlanta: (404) 795-0355
South Atlanta: (404) 447-4957
East Atlanta: (678) 405-0840
North Atlanta: (678) 405-0825


Gambling

National Problem Gambling Helpline

Call: 1 (800) 522-4700
Text: 1 (800) 522-4700
Chat: ncpgambling.org/chat

Gamblers Anonymous

website: gambersanonymous.org
Georgia Hotline: (404) 237-7281
Marietta/Douglasville: (404) 641-5327

Georgia Council on Problem Gambling

2801 Buford Highway NE Suite 550-B
Atlanta, GA 30329
Tel: (404) 985-6785
Fax: (404) 631-6395
Website: www.georgiagamblinghelp.org
Helpline: 1 (800) 522-4700


Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind, offering a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.

website: celebraterecovery.com (Faith-based recovery)


Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, but not limited to, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorder, bulimics and anorexics.

website: oa.org


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and the Wisdom to know the difference

The Robert Vazquez Scholarship

The Robert Vazquez Scholarship

A scholarship fund has been established to award four (4) scholarships to a member, member’s spouse, child, grandchild or any child of which the member is deemed to be the legal guardian. The member of Local 479 must be in good standing. Additionally, it is the member’s responsibility to make sure they are in good standing. The scholarship is available to qualifying individuals (as stated in the official qualifying rules document issued to members every year) attending a four (4) year university, a two (2) year community/junior college, graduate school, or trade school anywhere in the United States. The scholarship is a onetime payment of $4,000 to each of the four winners. Note that the official qualifying rules may change at any time and supersede information presented on the web. The official qualifying rules are issued to the membership via email during the period in which the scholarship application is open.

Past recipients include:

2020 Winners

  • Andrew Bates son of member Eric Bates
  • Cody Gray nephew of member Aidan Hayes his legal guardian
  • Jacob Desmond son of member Marcus Desmond
  • Grace Wester daughter of member Richard Wester
  • Thomas Jerkins son of member David Jerkins
  • Violet Reynolds O’Brien daughter of member Christopher Reynolds
  • Elisabeth Schatke daughter of member Riko Schatke
  • Holden McLean son of member David McLean

2019 Winners

  • Gabrielle Faulkner – niece of Josh Nobles (full custody guardian)
  • Kaden Harrison – son of Sam Harrison
  • Mia Santo – daughter of Scott Naughton
  • Alyssa Cerchiai – daughter of Kevin Cerchiai
  • Hakim Robinson – member
  • Jamel Copeland – son of Reggie Copeland

2018 Winners

  • Eric Gluckman – son of Neil Gluckman
  • Alexander Stewart – son of Judith Stewart
  • Nevaeh Warren – daughter of Joshua Warren
  • Tisharna Besay – daughter of Garfield Besay
  • Annabella Veenstra – daughter of Jennifer Gingery

2017 Winners

  • Mariah Price – daughter of member Simeon Henderson*
  • Jamal Copeland – son of member Reginald Copeland
  • Carissa Oldknow – daughter of members Patrick and Michelle Oldknow
  • Luke Semones – son of member Ellen Semones

2016 Winner

  • Jennifer Galbreath, member of Local 479

2015 Winner

  • Essy Alberti, daughter of member Fabrice Alberti

2014 Winner

  • Nicholas Olson, son of member Sara Olson

Suggested Mortgage Companies

Local 479 maintains a list of mortgage companies who have demonstrated an understanding of the film/television industry and an ability to underwrite mortgages for our members. These groups should be also able to accept a work dues assessment statement as part of their documentation, helping to speed the process along. Read the entire article Lending Solutions for Members Seeking a Mortgage to learn more.


Bay Equity Home Loans

Megan Speno, Senior Loan Officer
(404) 421-9424
BayEquityHomeLoans.com/megan-speno


Fairway Mortgage | Moore Team

Mark Moore
(404) 373-3411
www.mooreteam.biz
www.filmindustryhomes.com


Good Friend Mortgage, Inc.

Randy Switts
(678) 762-0127
GoodFriendMortgage.biz


Synovus

Todd Allen
(678) 468-3905
Synovus.com


Southeast Mortgage of Georgia

Michele Hicks, Branch Manager – Executive MLO
(678) 613-5012
SoutheastMortgage.com
NMLS #1127576
GA MLO #41675


The Southern Credit Union

Monica Millians
(770) 719-1111
SouthernOnline.org

Suggested Legal Services

Galler Law

David Galler
(770) 671-8830
GallerLaw.com