The IATSE will be holding informational meetings again in Vancouver:
The Shebeen (back of the Irish Heather)
MARCH 13, 2011, NOON.,
212 Carrall Street,Vancouver
Sunday March 13 at 1:00 pm
Don’t forget this is Daylight Savings Time. Check it out and be sure to email me or comment below with your thoughts.
IA Organizer/Lawyer Jimmy Goodman also answered some of Dave Rands questions:
Congratulations on your interview, and thanks for the kind words!!
One question you asked me regarding the organizational structure of the union deserves our immediate attention:
Many of the people I meet are currently or have previously been members of one or more locals of the IATSE, including Locals 16, 44, 600, 700, 800, and 839.Their concern is that, if their employer were to sign an agreement with the IATSE (ie the International), would they have to pay another initiation fee?
The answer to that is NO. The IA will waive initiation fees for all affected artists, for the foreseeable future while we recruit new members and get agreements in place around the industry.
The second question is’ into what local will I be placed?, and which local will be responsible for administering the new Visual Effects contract?
Answer: It is the IA’s current expectation and intention that we will be forming a brand-new entity; either as a new local union or as a “division” of the International, to which all Visual Effects Artists will belong. If you’re already a member of a local, you’ll automatically be deemed a member of this new entity. If you haven’t previously been a member, you’ll not pay any initiation fee, and you’ll become a member when the contract with your employer takes effect. The intent is to take advantage of the breadth of experience acquired by all of the Motion Picture pre-production, production, post production and CGI locals.
All of us at the IA (including, for example, the Animation Guild), are working together for a common goal; to give Visual Effects Artists the same rights and benefits as are currently enjoyed by thousands of workers who work under the umbrella of the IATSE Basic Agreement. We look forward to expanding our membership to incorporate this rapidly expanding segment of our industry.
And, PS: don’t forget our picnic, this Sunday, at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank at 1;00PM. And that’s Daylight Savings Time!!!!