I.A.T.S.E. Local 477
I.A.T.S.E. Local 477

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Benefits of Joining Local 477
Sep 25, 2023

Access to a Strong Union with a Rich History: I.A.T.S.E. Local 477 represents motion picture workers involved in feature film, television, and commercial production in Florida. As part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), a 160,000-member-strong union, we provide extensive support and representation to our members.

Training and Safety: We prioritize safety and skills training, ensuring a modern production workforce. As a member, you'll receive training to excel in your craft, enhancing your career prospects and creating a safer working environment.

Safer Working Conditions: We strictly enforce state and federal safety laws, prioritizing your health and well-being on the job.

Networking Opportunities: Joining Local 477 opens doors to valuable networking opportunities. Expand your professional relationships and increase your chances of working on the best productions alongside top industry technicians.

Comprehensive Benefits: As a member, you gain access to a good healthcare and retirement plan. As a member, you also have the option to contribute to NBF's sponsored 401(k) Plan. For every union-negotiated project you work on, the employer contributes to funds for your healthcare and retirement through the National Benefit Funds (NBF). Personal benefits through employer contributions are tax-free.

  • NBF Providers:
    • Health Insurance Plan: Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Retirement Funds: Wells Fargo
    • Vision Plan: Davis Vision
    • Dental Plan: Delta Dental
    • Prescription Plan: CVS Caremark
  • Please note that while the National Benefit Funds (NBF) administers the benefits provided by employers, it is a non-profit company separate from I.A.T.S.E. Local 477. Our union is not affiliated with the NBF. Their website at www.iatsenbf.org is a very helpful resource for finding information about the benefits I.A.T.S.E. provides. All questions or problems concerning these benefits should be directed to the NBF by calling them at 1-800-456-FUND (3863).

Commitment to Equality: Local 477 is committed to equality of opportunity and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. We foster an inclusive and supportive environment for all members, based on respect and dignity in the workplace.

No Restrictions on Working for Non-Union Employers: We do not restrict our members from working for "non-union" employers. However, we expect our members to notify us of all employment opportunities, enabling us to provide effective representation throughout Florida. Please report any work to Business Manager Jim Roberts at jroberts477.bm@gmail.com.

Political Advocacy: Through the International, we actively protect workers' jobs and ensure fair working practices through legislative affairs. Your voice as a member contributes to shaping the collective bargaining agreements that govern your employment.

Grievance Procedures: Officers, Business Manager, and legal counsel are available to respond and address serious problems in the workplace.

Membership Assistance Program: We offer a membership assistance program to support members during catastrophic emergencies.

While Florida is a "right to work" state, regardless of being a union member or not, working in this state means you are subject to treatment under the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the union with the employer. By joining I.A.T.S.E. Local 477, you gain a voice and actively participate in the negotiating process, ensuring your needs and interests are represented and protected. Together, we stand united to build a stronger and more prosperous future for all members in the Florida entertainment industry.

For more information about joining I.A.T.S.E. Local 477, please reach out to Local 477 President Chris Ranung at chrisranung@aol.com or Business Manager James "Jimmy" Roberts at jroberts477.bm@gmail.com, or call us at 305/594-8585 extension 3. Join Local 477 today and become part of a thriving community that cares about your success and well-being in the entertainment industry.

I.A.T.S.E. Local 477
4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 108-109
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

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