MEMBERSHIP IN THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD
Local 800 is comprised of Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Production Designers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers and Title Artists. Local 800 IATSE, is a local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE). The "IA", as it is commonly known, is an international union, which exclusively represents employees in the entertainment industry, spanning the United States and Canada with more than 104,000 members.


ART DIRECTORS - Art Directors Portfolio Review
Become A Member:  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. ...Read More
ART DIRECTORS MEMBERSHIP
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.


ART DIRECTORS PORTFOLIO REVIEW
An individual who would like to be considered for membership with Local 800 as an Assistant Art Director or Art Director may apply directly for admission into the Local per the portfolio review protocols:
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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
- Semi-monthly magazine (Perspective)
- 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 office. (818) 762-9995


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.

Commercial Industry Experience Roster  Thirty (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. 818-762-9995.

For more detailed information in connection with placement on the Industry Experience Roster, please contact Contract Services Administration Trust Fund at www.csatf.org or 818-565-0550.



ILLUSTRATORS, STORYBOARD ARTISTS &  MATTE ARTIST
Become A Member:  Individuals who perform covered work as an Illustrator, Storyboard Artist or Matte Artists under a Local 800 or IATSE collective bargaining agreement may apply for membership thirty days following commencement of employment ...Read More
IMA MEMBERSHIP
Illustrators, Storyboard Artists and Matte Artists

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of 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 Illustrator, Storyboard Artist or Matte Artists 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 Illustrator or Matte Artist 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 three 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 then are eligible for admission 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. Employees gain covered employment as an “off-Roster hire.”  (See below.)

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 grievance protection
- Training and education (seminars, symposia, etc.)
- Access to employment information
- 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 office. (818) 762-9995.

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 Illustrators and Matte Artists wishing to work on most film and television projects. (Exceptions to this Roster requirement may be made for an individual because of his “special studio experience, skill and qualifications” for the particular position, or when there are “insufficiently qualified available persons” on the Roster.)

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.

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. (818) 762-9995 For more detailed information in connection with placement on the Industry Experience Roster, please contact Contract Services Administration Trust Fund at www.csatf.org or 818-995-0900.



SET DESIGNERS
Become A Member: Individuals who perform covered work as a Set Designer or Model Builders under a Local 800 or IATSE collective bargaining agreement may apply for membership thirty days following commencement of employment. ...Read More

Senior Set Designers, Junior Set Designers, Specialist Set Designers, Senior Set Model Builders 

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of 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 a Set Designer or Set Model Builder 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 a Set Designer or Set Model Builder 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 three 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 then are eligible for admission 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. Employees gain covered employment as an “off-Roster hire.”  (See below.)

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 grievance protection

- Training and education (seminars, symposia, etc.)

- Access to employment information

- 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 office. (818) 762-9995
 

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 Set Designers and Set Model Builders wishing to work on most film and television projects. (Exceptions to this Roster requirement may be made for an individual because of his “special studio experience, skill and qualifications” for the particular position, or when there are “insufficiently qualified available persons” on the Roster.)

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.

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. (818) 762-9995 For more detailed information in connection with placement on the Industry Experience Roster, please contact Contract Services Administration Trust Fund at www.csatf.org or 818-995-0900.




SCENIC, TITLE & GRAPHIC ARTISTS
Become A Member: Individuals who perform covered work as Scenic, Title, or Graphic Artists under a Local 800 or IATSE collective bargaining agreement may apply for membership in one of those categories thirty days following commencement of employment ...Read More
STG MEMBERSHIP
Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists

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 Scenic, Title, or Graphic Artists under a Local 800 or IATSE collective bargaining agreement may apply for membership in one of those categories thirty days following commencement of employment. 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.

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.

Union membership is a good investment in your career. In the great American tradition, entertainment companies are formed to make profits. However, in pursuing this time honored and respected goal, the interests and well being of the skilled artists and crafts people serving the entertainment industry are frequently compromised or, in many cases, entirely overlooked.

Therefore, Local 800's goal is to improve the quality of your life through "collective bargaining. Simply stated, when we stand together we are able to negotiate wages, working conditions and benefits that are fair and reasonable. Health and welfare, retirement benefits and minimum wage scales and working conditions are negotiated by the union in the majority of our collective bargaining agreements, and the employers make contributions on behalf of covered employees, in accordance with those agreements. Members are notified when they've qualified for benefits.

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. (818) 762-9995


Benefits of Membership with Local 800/Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists
Fair Wages and Decent Working Conditions: Overtime pay after working eight hours each day or 40 hours per week.
Compensation for missed meals, short turnaround time, etc.

Health and Welfare Benefits:  A choice of medical plans paid for by employers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
In most cases, members employed under the broadcast agreements, independent shops and theaters are covered under the Entertainment Industry Flex Plan and 401(k) Annuity Plan, and members employed in feature films and television are covered under the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans.

Safer Working Conditions:  State and federal safety laws enforced at all times. Your health and well being on the job is a priority.
The motion picture industry and the IATSE are currently involved in providing the Safety Passport program, which enables our members to take safety classes required to work in their particular craft. Once a member has completed the classes, the passport may allow the member to use this training for employment with the various studios and companies.

Standardized Procedures for Dispute Resolution and Grievances:  A Business Representative, Shop Steward and legal counsel are available to respond to serious problems in the workplace. Local 800 is well prepared to handle work related grievances such as pay disputes, health and safety concerns, discrimination, harassment, etc.

Representation on the State and National Level by Professional Union Lobbyists:  Looking out for your interests, in areas such as safety, working conditions, and workers rights.
Like most unions, we are a democratically run organization that not only encourages, but also requires the active participation of its members for success. A union is only as strong as the commitment of its members. In the final analysis, joining Local 800 provides an opportunity to form important professional and lifelong personal relationships with other artists who share not only a common livelihood, but also common interests and concerns as well.

 

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