Member Benefits

Benefits & Other Programs offered to Local 480 Members

  1. Emergency Loan Program: Any member in good standing can request an emergency loan of up to $1,000. The loan itself is administered by our credit union, with collateral provided by funds from the Local. Members have one year to pay off the loan, at no interest. If a member defaults on a loan, the credit union makes itself whole from the collateral fund, and then the default amount is added to the member’s account with Local 480. A member who has defaulted on a loan is not eligible for another loan.
  2. Death Benefit: The family or estate of any 480 member is given $1,000 upon the death of that member, from the Local’s funds.
  3. American Income Life Insurance: The Local has an arrangement with AIL for a free $2500 accidental death/dismemberment policy for any Local 480 member. Members also have the option to increase this policy amount to $10,000 for a very small additional fee, which the Local will reimburse upon request.
  4. Member Assistance Program: The Local pays for an anonymous 24/7 help hotline from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield that covers a wide variety of concerns. Any member or member’s family can utilize the MAP.
  5. Mortgage/Loan Assistance: The Local 480 office has a letter designed to assist lenders in understanding how film technicians earn a living that we prepare upon request for any member who is trying to get a loan for a mortgage or vehicle. We have also partnered with Group Mortgage Benefits, which provides a package of discounts and assistance for members seeking mortgage loans.
  6. Training Reimbursement: The Local will reimburse any member 80% of costs expended to attend training that furthers a member’s skills (to a maximum of $599/member/year). The Local does not offer many craft-specific training classes, but will cover costs up to $600/class if a member wants to organize a craft-specific class him/herself.
  7. Assistance with Financial Obligations to the Local: Local 480’s current Secretary Treasurer will enter into payment arrangements with any member who cannot pay his/her balance with the Local in full. If the member complies with the terms of the payment plan, the Local will not add any late fees to the member’s account and the member will not be at risk of expulsion.
  8. Assistance with Attending Local Meetings and Events: The Local will reimburse the fuel/travel costs for any member who must travel more than 30 miles to attend a general membership meeting or Local outreach event. The Local will generally also pay for or reimburse lodging costs for members traveling long distances to attend such meetings/events. In addition, the Local will give members who attend a designated number of membership meetings credit on their account.
  9. Assistance with Purchasing Local Gear: The Local will reimburse any member up to $50/year for the purchase of apparel or other gear with the Local’s logo on it.
  10. Quarterly Stamps/Rebate Program: For many years, the Local has offered a unique benefit to members who have no outstanding financial obligation to the Local as of November 30 of each year. For those members, based on the amount of work assessments received by the Local during the previous 12 months on each member’s behalf, the Local will cover the cost of some or all of the next year’s quarterly dues stamps and, if enough work assessments were received for a member, will return a cash rebate to the member based on the amount of work assessments received.
  11. Assistance with Unemployment Insurance Claims: The Local routinely verifies the membership and standing of any member with the Department of Workforce Solutions whenever a member files a claim for unemployment insurance. As a union member, our members are not subject to the same job search requirements that other claimants are.
  12. Discounts on Hotels and Rental Cars. The Local has agreements with two hotels in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque for discounted rates to members. The Local also has an agreement with Budget Rentals for discounted car rental rates to members.
  13. Getaway Motel Offer. The Local owns a motel/apartment complex in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, a destination boasting numerous soaking hot springs. Members and their families can stay at the complex for only the cost of cleaning the rooms. For more information, call (505) 557-7369.