IATSE Local 488
Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest
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  • Joining Local 488

    We are IATSE Local 488 the Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest serving Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana.

    I.A.T.S.E. is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada.

    IATSE is the union behind entertainment.

    Why Join?

    The Local's mission is to help protect and extend through our contracts living wages, the benefits of safe working conditions, portable health insurance coverage, and retirement benefits to members.

    As a member, you receive full representation on our job sites and with our contracted Employers.

    You will receive pre-negotiated wages as well as employer contributions into your health and retirement benefits account with the IA National Benefits Fund for each day worked. Once you reach minimum qualifications to particiapte you will be able to have access to Medical, Dental, and Vison care as well as the Annuity and Pension Funds. All of these beenfits will be fully explained once you become a Member.

    As a Member in Local 488, you become a part of a family of fellow technicians and artisans working in Film, Television, Commercials, New Media and Theatre.

    Your Membership allows you to:

    • Seek Union work
    • Attend General Membership Meetings & participate in the government of the Local
    • Vote in elections
    • Run for elected office, and help form policy for the Local.
    • Network with other members. 

    Members in good standing have access to our:

    • Job Hotlines in Seattle and Portland
    • Job listings on the website
    • Free and/or low-cost Safety and Skills Training courses 

    Members' children are eligible to apply for IATSE and Local 488 scholarships, as well as other labor-affiliated scholarships.

    For more information on Membership in Local 488 please read through the "How To Join 488" articles.

    If you have questions please email Rebecca Cook, Vice President & Membership Committee Chairperson at Membership@iatse488.org 

    Aug 12, 2019
    IATSE Local 488 welcomes all experienced Motion Picture and Media Professionals who work in our Covered Crafts to sign up for our Referral List. 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 inĀ  our jurisdiction.

    Jul 01, 2016
    Thank you for your interest in joining Local 488! Please follow the instructions to receive an application.
    Jul 01, 2016
    Transfer your Membership or obtain a Dual Membership Card from IATSE Local 488.
    Jul 01, 2016
    All the crafts represented by 488 are listed here.

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