Joining Local 480

What follows are different ways to complete the process of joining IATSE Local 480:

Local 480 is required to offer an application to anyone who submits pay stubs that prove 30 days of work in a covered craft on a contract production.* (The Local 480 office does not get copies of your pay stubs. It is up to each potential member to submit the paystubs directly to the Local 480 office (membership@iatselocal480.com), after which you will be sent an application.) The application must be completed and returned with the $600 initiation fee, after which the potential member’s name will be placed on a ballot on which the general membership will vote. If a completed application is not returned to Local 480 in a timely manner, the Business Agent has the right to remove the person from any contract position.

* Candidates who receive “union days” for volunteering on 480 Outreach projects may count 12 hours of volunteer work as one day of work on a contract production. Candidates may combine days worked in a covered craft on an actual production with 1.5-for-1 volunteer “union days” to get to the total of 30 days. Or, 45 volunteer days would equal 30 days’ work in a covered craft on a contract production.

If this applies to you, then once you are on the Overflow List and have provided a copy of the valid license or certification, you may request to be sent an application to join Local 480, which you must return along with the $600 initiation fee.

If this applies to you, then, once you are on the Overflow List, you must provide verification of your good standing in the non-IA union. You must also provide two letters from that union’s members verifying the experience OR an industry-recognized certificate or diploma. At that point, your name will be placed on a ballot for the general membership’s vote. If approved, you will be sent an application to join Local 480, which you must return along with the $600 initiation fee.

 If you choose this fast track option, you must do the following:

  • Send an email containing documentation (all pay stubs) of the 15 days’’work in a covered craft on a contract production, plus documentation of the additional equivalent experience in the same field (such as a diploma or license, a confirmation letter from a supervisor or employer, or a W-2 form), to membership@iatselocal480.com. State that you are requesting to appear before the general membership. The Membership Coordinator will then send you details about the next general membership meeting at which you must appear. Do not simply show up at a general meeting and request to be on the agenda ‐ obtain confirmation from the Membership Coordinator first.
  • Attend the general membership meeting along with two sponsors of your choosing (who must be active members of Local 480). You must publicly make your case to the membership at the meeting as to why you should be granted an application. Your sponsors must also speak on your behalf.
  • If the general membership votes to grant you an application after you have appeared at the meeting, you will be sent an application a few days after the meeting. You must return the application, along with the $600 application fee, within 30 days of receipt.

A degree, diploma, or certificate in film studies from an accredited school and a letter of recommendation from the film studies department head will count toward 15 of the 30 days’ work in a covered craft on a union production. Once you have worked at least 15 days in a covered craft on a contract production, a copy of your degree, diploma, or certificate can be used for the other 15 days.

Anyone choosing this path towards membership must also appear at a General Membership Meeting in the company of a Local 480 member from the craft in which the aspirant worked; the member will be asked to speak to the membership on the aspirant’s behalf. (This must be arranged with the Membership Coordinator prior to the meeting.)

If you do not meet the requirements for joining listed above, you may, under extraordinary circumstances, petition the Executive Board of Local 480 in writing to plead your case. If the Executive Board feels your petition has merit, your name will be placed on a ballot for the general membership’s approval. If approved by the general membership, you will be sent an application to join Local 480, which you must return along with the $600 initiation fee.