IATSE Local 488
Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest
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    Next Membership Meeting: 

    1:00 PM,  October 11th, 2020

    This is a virtual meeting via Zoom. Check email for link

    See calendar announcement for the following details:

    • 2nd Reading of Constitutional Resolutions



  • How To Sign Up For Our Referral List
    Updated On: Jun 18, 2020

    Here are the instruction to be placed on our Referral List for I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL 488, Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest. The Referral List is given out along with our Member Roster to productions looking for crew in  our jurisdiction.

    If you are a member of another IATSE Local:

    •Send an email request which includes a photo/scan of both sides of your Membership card showing you are current with your quarterly member fee stamp payments. 

    •Please also include your current mailing address and phone number.

    Business Agent Emails:



    If you are not a member of another I.A.T.S.E. Local:

    To sign up for our Referral List please email both Business Agents a copy of your resume with:current mailing address, phone, and email. 

    BA Emails:



    Also if you have certification cards relating to your Craft/work, please send a photo or pdf of these as well.

    All participants on the Referral List need to fulfill  the following requirements to remain active on the list:

    • Each Quarter (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1) you need to submit either a copy of your current updated resume or current IATSE Member Card with current stamps.
      • Please also send along with any updates to your address, email, and phone info.

    • We also ask that you fill out and submit a Work Fees Assessment Check-Off Form at the time of your initial sign up. 
      • This form is kept on record for submission to payroll when you work one of our Union jobs. All workers who serve as crew members in our Craft positions on Union jobs pay 3% of  their gross wages to IATSE Local, 488. These fees are used pay the costs we incur  maintaining our contracts you work under such as: office rental, officer salaries, legal fees, and  work with productions to maintain safety and proper working conditions.
      • The Work Fees also help to pay for Member trainings. 

    • You need to email a report of all of your entertainment industry work in our jurisdiction, whether Union or non-Union. This email report should be submitted as soon as you’re hired for a job.
      • Please include the following info in the email work report:
        • Your name
        • Cell phone
        • Work dates
        • Production Company name
        • Work Location (City, State)
        • Please let us know if the job is paying through payroll or via Invoice/1099?
        • Please send a Call sheet as soon as you have one. 
      • Our jurisdiction encompasses Oregon, Washington, North Idaho, & Western Montana 

    If you are not a member of another IATSE Local you will want to be aware of is that by working on jobs under our Union contracts, you will automatically receive benefit contributions to an account in your name with the IATSE National Benefits Fund (NBF). Our contracts stipulate the daily amount that the employer pays into your account towards your health insurance, pension, and annuity. The NBF manages the contributions. Even though you are receiving contributions, you will not be able to access these benefits until you are enrolled. You can find out more by going to the I.A.T.S.E. NBF website. 

    You should monitor your account monthly on the NBF website as well as keep aware of postal mailings from the NBF. You will be alerted via postal mail once your health insurance account has enough money to pay for one quarter of insurance premium plus a $150, one time processing fee.

    If you miss this important NBF alert and do not respond they will automatically enroll you in the insurance program and deduct funds the from your health insurance account. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions about the Referral List. 

    For questions about becoming a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 488 please send an email to Vice President Rebecca Cook at membership@IATSE488.org. 


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