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.
Lajuana ScottMember Services
Lajuana Scott assists new members with the application process, and handles transfers and withdrawals. She is available during business hours Monday through Friday.
Lauralyn WalshBenefits 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 WilliamsAccounts 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.
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.
Amy 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 MarshallAuditing Assistant
Brittany assists the Auditor with compliance data collection and review.
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.
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:
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
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)
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.
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society that employs the classic 12-step model for addressing substance use disorders.
Midtown Atlanta: (404) 795-0355
South Atlanta: (404) 447-4957
East Atlanta: (678) 405-0840
North Atlanta: (678) 405-0825
National Problem Gambling Helpline
Call: 1 (800) 522-4700
Text: 1 (800) 522-4700
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
Helpline: 1 (800) 522-4700
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 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.
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
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:
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
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
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
Jennifer Galbreath, member of Local 479
Essy Alberti, daughter of member Fabrice Alberti
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
Good Friend Mortgage, Inc.
Southeast Mortgage of Georgia
Michele Hicks, Branch Manager – Executive MLO
GA MLO #41675
The Southern Credit Union