IATSE Local 488
Pacific Northwest Studio Mechanics
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    Next Meeting:  Portland

    Sunday, June 11th at 1:00 PM

    AFL-CIO Hall

    3645 SE 32nd, Portland, OR


  • How to Join 488 If You Are or Were Ever a Member of Any IATSE Local:
    Updated On: Oct 06, 2016

    IF YOU ARE A CURRENT MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF ANOTHER IATSE STUDIO MECHANICS OR CRAFT LOCAL, YOU MAY JOIN LOCAL 488 IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:

    1. Transfer from Another IATSE Studio Mechanics or Craft Local

    The easiest way for someone who is a member of another IA Local to join 488 would be a straight ’transfer’ from your Local. Here is the procedure you will need to follow to complete  the transfer process:

    1. You must notify your local that you would like a transfer.

               2. The Secretary of your current Local will then send Local 488 a transfer card. 

               3. We will also need a letter of good standing from your current Local when they send the transfer card.  
                   If you are not in good standing, International will reject the transfer. 
                   The letter should state your member initiation date as well as your status on payment of dues                                (i.e. Are you current in your dues through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter).

               4. We will also need your new mailing address in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana.

              Please mail all correspondence to:
              IATSE Local 488
              Attn: Linda Bloom, Secretary/Treasurer
              5105 SW 45th Ave #204
              Portland OR 97221

             Our transfer fee is $373. 

    2. Dual Card with Another IATSE Local

    If you would like to maintain membership in your current Local and obtain a membership card Local 488,  you must:

    1. Prove 18 months residency in our geographical jurisdiction, which includes Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho and Western Montana.  
    2. In addition you must have submit proof of membership in your current Local by submitting a current dues statement.

    Total amount due upon acceptance in Local 488 is $773.00.  $600.00 of that amount is Local 488’s initiation fee, $100.00 is the processing fee charged by the International, and the remaining $73.00 is for your first, quarterly membership stamp for Local 488. In addition to the quarterly stamps, all work done under an IA contract in our jurisdiction is charged 3.0% of gross wages as work dues.

    If you meet the requirements listed above please send an email to membership@iatse488.org with the subject “IATSE Local 488 Dual Card Membership Inquiry” and state in the body of the email that “I want to make application for membership in IATSE Local 488.”
    Please also include the following in your email:

    1. Documents which prove residency in our region for at least 18 months which may include a scan copy of your driver’s license & rental /mortgage contract. 
    2. A statement from your current Local showing you are current on dues.  If you are not in good standing, International will reject the application. The statement should state your member initiation date as well as your status on payment of dues 
    3. Your current mailing address in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana.

    All emailed documents must be in PDF format
    If all requirements listed above are met, we will mail the IATSE application form to you with a letter explaining how to proceed.  If more information is needed, you will be contacted. Please feel free to contact cdavid cottrill, Vice Presient and Membership Chair at vicepresident@iatse488.org if you have further questions.

    IF YOU WERE EVER A MEMBER OF ANY IATSE LOCAL, BUT ARE NO LONGER A MEMBER BECAUSE YOU WERE EXPELLED OR TOOK AN HONORABLE WITHDRAWAL, THEN YOU MUST REINSTATE YOUR IA MEMBERSHIP FIRST, BEFORE JOINING IATSE LOCAL 488.

    You must provide Local 488 with:

    • Two current letters of recommendation
    • A valid driver’s license in our jurisdiction
    • Your email and mailing address and phone number
    • The last four digits of your social security number
    • The number of the Local you were formerly a member of (if not Local 488)

    Send these items to the Local 488 office or email them to membership@iatse488.org (include the word “Reinstatement” in the subject line).

    Local 488 will then request permission from the IA General Office to reinstate you and obtain the amount of back dues you will owe to New York (in addition to back dues you may owe to Local 488). In order for your name to go on our active roster and for you to be eligible to work, you must provide the letters and license and contact information, and you must either pay the total amount owed in full or sign a 6-month promissory note specifying the terms of payment. You will remain on our active reinstatement roster ONLY AS LONG AS YOU COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF THE PROMISSORY NOTE. If you fail to comply with those terms, your status will be changed back to “Expelled” or “Withdrawn” and you will not be eligible to work. You must complete the reinstatement requirements within 6 months. You will not be a full member of Local 488 until you have provided all required documents and information, your balance has been paid to zero, the General Membership has approved your reinstatement, and you have been issued you a 488 membership card.

    If you have questions on applying foir a Transfer or a Dual Membership Card please email cdavid cottrill, Vice Presient at  membership@iatse488.org


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