How to Join 488 If You Have Never Been A Member of IATSE:
Updated On: Jan 25, 2018
Thank you for your interest in joining IATSE Local 488.
We are part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), and Local 488 represents Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest working in over 20 crafts for Film, TV, & Commercials, as well as crew working in some specific Theatrical Units.
To obtain membership in one of the Crafts represented by Local 488, an applicant must prove 18 months residency in our geographical jurisdiction, which includes Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. In addition you must have thirty (30) paid work days (completed within the 12 months prior to application). Work must be done in the same Craft under which you will be applying for Membership. The 30 days do not have to be on a union shoot and can be on feature films, television shows, commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, music videos, etc.
Total amount due upon acceptance in Local 488 is $775.00. Local 488’s initiation fee is $600.00 of that amount, $100.00 is the processing fee charged by the International, and the remaining $75.00 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% of gross wages as work dues.
If you meet the requirements listed above please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Join Local 488.”
Please also include the following documents in your email (Documents must be in PDF format):
Proof of Residency: Documents which prove residency in our region for at least 18 months which may include a scanned copy of your driver’s license &/or a rental /mortgage contract.
Proof of Experience & Thirty (30) Days: Include the following documentation proofs of qualifications in your Craft & job classification:
A current, verifiable resume of industry experience, please note job category/ classification, as well as the date of projects/productions. Resume must include your current mailing address, email, and phone number
Proof of 30 days worked in your craft and classification within the last twelve (12) months. Please sort documents by the corresponding job. Qualifying documents include:
Copies of crew lists and/or Deal Memos, from different productions being presented as evidence of 30 days worked in the last 12 months.
Please also include copies of pay-stubs and/or paid invoices which correspond to the Crew List/Deal Memos to prove thirty (30) days employment within the last 12 months.
The work documented must be done within the covered Craft category/ Job Classification you are listing on your application (i.e. Propmaker; Set Dresser; etc).
You may also include Letters of reference from prior employers, superiors, or peers. These could contain the following information:
Referrers relationship to applicant (i.e. Supervisor, Employer, Co-worker, etc.)
Project worked on.Classification of applicant at the time the work was done.
Length of employment
If all requirements listed above are met, I’ll mail the I.A.T.S.E. 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 me if you have further questions.
Membership Committee Chairperson
IATSE Local 488: Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Norhtwest