FAQ

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FAQ

Our jurisdiction covers all the crafts (jobs) listed below, as well as the states of North and South Carolina and the Savannah, GA vicinity.
In order to apply for membership, you must have a total of 60 days of verifiable work experiences in your craft.

If you have the required experience, you will need to have a sponsor (someone from your craft who is a member in good standing) request an application packet from the office. They will review it with you, then sign it verifying your qualifications.

Once the Local has received your completed application packet, including resume, proof of residency and proof of the 60 days work experience requirement, along with all the related fees (see below), your application for membership will be processed.

When you have been accepted into membership, your application will be forwarded to the International, and once approved, your membership card will be sent to you, along with a New Membership Packet containing information about the Local, using your benefits, agreements and a referral list.

Currently, the total to join is $1380, which includes your initiation fee, registration and dues. The breakdown of the cost is:
$ 1000.00
initiation fee
$ 100.00
International application fee (non-refundable)
$ 280.00
dues for your year’s dues
Yes, quarterly dues are payable whether or not you are working. Assessments are only paid when working on a project under an agreement. You will be informed of this policy at the time of your application.
Assessments are “working dues” paid as a percentage of gross wages (currently 3%). This is the portion of dues that is used to help pay for servicing our agreements.

We accept payments by personal check or Money Order, as well as VISA / MASTERCARD / AmEx / DISCOVER over the phone or in person.

For more information, please contact the Local’s office, either in person or by phone at 910.343.9408.

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Digital Theft

Digital theft affects all of us in the Motion Picture and Television production industries. The illegal downloading of copywrited product steals money from our employers, which reduces their ability to fund our benefits and create future jobs.

While there are many websites on which consumers can legally view streamed content, there are also many illegal downloading/streaming sites. The Motion Picture Association of America has provided a list of sites where you can download/stream movies, TV shows and music.

To find sites that offer legally downloaded content, please click here.

Please help fight film theft but visiting FightFilmTheft.org and learning more.

Click here to view video of IA Members’ PSA Appeals to Oregon Senator to Back Leahy Bill regarding the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act

This video is an appeal to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to assure strong content protection language in the FCC’s order governing Net Neutrality.