Thank you for your interest in the Art Directors Guild, Local 800 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). If you are presently seeking employment in the entertainment industry or have already begun working at a company covered by one of our agreements, we hope the following information will be of assistance.
Individuals who perform covered work as an Art Director or Assistant Art Director under a Local 800 or IATSE collective bargaining agreement may apply for membership thirty days following commencement of employment (see next paragraph below for admission eligibility requirements). The individual is obligated to submit an application and the required fees in accordance with the Agreement under which he or she is employed as the necessary pre-condition to continued employment under a union agreement. Many of the Local 800 agreements require that preference of employment be given to those individuals having previous work experience in the motion picture industry. (See below under Motion Picture Industry Experience Roster.)
Eligibility for application and admission into Local 800 as an Art Director or Assistant Art Director is typically triggered by working for a signatory company in a Local 800 covered classification. Thirty calendar days from the start date the employee is required to join Local 800. And there are four typical scenarios:
a. When a project starts out non-union then signs an IA agreement; that is, it's organized." Employees working in a Local 800 covered classification when the project is organized are "grandfathered" into the union. Please contact the Guild's Membership Department.
b. Employees also become eligible when they work on signatory commercials and music videos.
c. If a signatory company not covered by b), above (say one doing a television show or feature film), wants to hire an Art Director or Assistant Art Director, and the individual is not on the Industry Experience Roster, the company may petition the Local to do so under the applicable Off-Roster sideletter to the Local 800 Basic Agreement. If the petition is granted by the Off-Roster Hiring Review Committee, the individual may be hired and is eligible for admission into the Union.
d. If the individual in c), above, is already on the Roster at the time he/she is hired by the signatory company (see below), the company doesn't require the Guild's permission for that hire, and the individual is eligible for admission into the Union and is required to join after thirty calendar days.
The Guild does not maintain a hiring hall. Prospective employees or members should contact employers by letter and resume and express an interest in employment. A portfolio clearly demonstrating skills and abilities generally will be required at all employer interviews. A resume may be forwarded to the union office where it will be maintained on file for six months.
Health and welfare, retirement benefits and minimum wage scales and working conditions are negotiated by the union in the majority of its collective bargaining agreements, and the employers make contributions on behalf of covered employees, in accordance with those agreements. Employee/members are notified when they've qualified for benefits. Additionally, members receive the following benefits and partake in the following activities:
Workplace grievances resolved by union
- Guaranteed prominent placement of screen credit
- Training and education (seminars, symposia, etc.)
- Access to employment information
- Annual ADG Membership Directory and semi-monthly newsletter
- Annual Awards Banquet
- Film Society screenings
We look forward to welcoming you into the membership of the Art Directors Guild, Local 800, IATSE. Should you have any questions regarding union membership, please contact the union office.
Motion Picture Industry Roster
Entrance onto the Industry Experience Roster assures the individual preference of employment over all others not on the Roster; placement on the Roster is a necessary pre-condition for Art Directors and Assistant Art Directors wishing to work on most film and television projects.
To get onto the Industry Experience Roster, one must apply to Contract Services and have worked a total of no less than 30 days for one or more signatory companies, within a period of 365 consecutive calendar days immediately preceding the time the person makes application for Roster placement. Another way to qualify for Roster placement would be to have worked 175 days as an Art Director/Assistant Art Director, union or non-union, in the three year period preceding application for Roster placement.
There is also a Commercial Industry Experience Roster; 30 days working for a commercial signatory is required, and an additional 60 days of commercial work qualifies the person for placement on the Motion Picture Industry Experience Roster.
Once on the Motion Picture Industry Experience Roster, individuals are eligible to work on signatory projects without having to get the Guild's permission. And when the individual begins work on the signatory project in a Local 800 covered classification, he/she must join the Local on or after the 30th calendar day from that date.
For more detailed information in connection with gaining membership into Local 800, please contact the Guild's Membership Department. For more detailed information in connection with placement on the Industry Experience Roster, please contact Contract Services Administration Trust Fund at www.csatf.org