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

    October 8, 2017 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: Jul 31, 2017

    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 $374. 

    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 $774.00.  $600.00 of that amount is Local 488’s initiation fee, $100.00 is the processing fee charged by the International, and the remaining $74.00 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 President 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.

    There are two ways you can choose to complete the Transfer process:

    • Reinstate your IA Membership directly through Local 488 :
      • You would need to pay for up to 8 quarters of back Quarterly Dues to the International. (i.e. If you have been withdrawn for two (2) Quarters, you would owe the last two Quarters of dues; if you have been Withdrawn for two years or more, you would owe 8 Quarters of dues).
        • To calculate the amount: International Dues for 2015 were $51/Quarter; Dues for 2016 were $53/Quarter; Dues for 2017 are $54/Quarter

    • You would also pay Local 488 $774 for a New Member Application
      • $600 is to Local 488 for Initiation Fee
      •  $100 is the International’s Processing Fee
      • $74 is to Local 488 for your 1st Quarterly Dues
      • 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

    The other option for rejoining IATSE and Local 488 is:

    • Contact your previous IA Local and ask for a reinstatement
      • You will pay their fees and meet their requirements for reinstatement
    • The Secretary of your current Local will then send Local 488 a transfer card.
    • 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).
    • We will also need your new mailing address in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana.
    • We also require a verifiable resume along with proof of 30 days worked in your Craft during the preceding 12 months.
      • Proof can be a combination of pay stubs, invoices, and call sheets which list your name and Craft you worked in.
      • Also please note on each document how many days of work each document represents (ie pay stub is for one week, but they often only list hours worked. we need you to tell us how many days worked these hours represent).

    Please send all documentation in an email to membership@iatse488.org in PDF format.

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


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