Absolutely. The union will grant a Medical Discount to members who aren’t able to work because of a medical issue. Contact the office manager for more information.
Yes, the union requires all new members to be at least 18 years of age. This applies to both union membership and the Overflow List.
NBFO stands for National Benefit Funds Office.
This is the organization which administers benefits through the other organizations which actually provide them, such as Empire Blue Cross, Delta Dental, Davis Vision, and Wells Fargo. As an IATSE member, this is the organization you’ll work with for anything relating to your benefits.
When you hear someone mention “the International,” they are referring to the IATSE International Alliance (IA), which is the parent organization of all of the IATSE locals. Each local represents members in their jurisdiction while the IA oversees all of the locals.
We wanted to streamline the process of becoming a member for everyone. Having a single path to membership goes a long way toward making the process easier for everyone involved.
Therefore, anyone who is not a current member will need to go through the overflow registration process and take the required classes. For people who are transferring or dual carding, the Overflow List is simply a temporary landing spot until we receive all of the required paperwork to complete their joining process. Often, this is only a few days.
If a production needs more crew than can be filled by union members, the Local will send an email blast to everyone on the Overflow list, notifying them of the job opportunity. If you are available to take that job, you should reply to the job blast as instructed, and your information will be forwarded on to the production for consideration.
More specific information about productions is available only to Local 480 members.
Once you are a member of Local 480, you will be able to see the list of productions currently hiring, along with contact information for the productions. You will also receive any job blasts requested by productions (and will have your information forwarded on to productions if you are available to fill a call), and will have access to the jobs board listing of jobs available. All productions are given access to the roster of active 480 members as well.
Your official employer is the payroll company. They produce your paychecks and send out your W-2’s. And, upon request, they can send you a payroll report that shows all of your employment info under that company.
Taking an Honorable Withdrawal from the Local is an option for putting your membership on hold. While you are withdrawn, you agree not to work in a contract position in our jurisdiction. Should you wish to reinstate your membership, you will be responsible for up to eight quarters of back dues and must provide two current letters of recommendation and a valid New Mexico drivers license. In order to qualify for an Honorable Withdrawal, you must be current on all quarterly dues, work dues, and any other outstanding financial obligations to the Local (you do not pay membership dues for the quarter in which you withdraw).
If you would rather take the classes in person, you can contact the instructors listed below for information about taking a private class or attending a class scheduled elsewhere.
Paul Baca (Set Readiness Class, General Safety Class)
Jeffrey Biedenbach (General Safety Class)
Yes you can, though you might make more contacts while working on set.
Here’s how it breaks down:
- volunteering for 12 hours = 1 day
- 1.5 volunteer days = 1 union day
So, if you worked 45 volunteer days, it would equal 30 union days and you would be granted an application to join.
All volunteer days must be coordinated through the Outreach Coordinator, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.