Working Here

Reporting Your Job

Local 491 depends on the participation of all members to alert us of new projects in town, as some projects may attempt to work in our jurisdiction without ever contacting the local. If we don’t know about the project, we cannot be there to represent you.

This form is completely anonymous unless you opt to include your contact information (it’s your choice).

Referral List

The IATSE Local 491 referral list is a complete and up-to-date database of members listed by craft — Art, Construction, Craft Service, electrica, Greens, Grip, Location, Marine, Paint, Plaster, Props, Set Decoration, Sound/Video, Special Effects, Wardrobe and Welfare.

Full Referral List

Availability List

This is the most current Availability List for members of Local 491

491 Member Availability List

Members of Local 491 can log-in to change their availability through the Member Dashboard

For a list of members of sister Stage Locals in our jurisdiction please contact the office at 910.343.9408.

Request Permission
to Work Here

You must obtain permission to work in the jurisdiction if you are not a 491 member.  Please see The International Constitution and By-Laws, Article 21, Section 7.

If you are an IATSE member, but not a member of Local 491, and you’ve been contacted by a production to work within the jurisdiction of Local 491, you are required to obtain permission, in writing, from the host Local (491).

Permission to work may be obtained from Darla McGlamery.

Two documents are needed for permission:

  • Dues Deduction Form: Assessment Authorization
  • Written request for permission to work in 491

Local 491 has jurisdiction in the Carolinas and Savannah, GA.

Dues Deduction
Form

Download 3% Assessment Fillable PDF Form

Organizing New
Project

Fellow Film Technicians:

If you are currently working on a production without the benefit of a collective bargaining agreement and would like our assistance in securing one, please download the form below. You can either mail it to us at the address below, or fax it to us at the number below. (Completing this form does not automatically confirm membership in the Local. Please contact the Business Agent for further information.)

PLEASE NOTE: THE PRODUCER OF YOUR SHOW WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SEE THIS FORM. ONLY THE UNION AND POSSIBLY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD WILL EVER HAVE ACCESS TO THIS MATERIAL.

Please make sure to include a note that gives us the best way to reach you and the best time to make contact.

If you have any questions after reviewing the document, please give our Business Agent a call at 910-367-1367. All communications will be confidential.

To reach us:
IATSE Local 491
1924 South 16th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910.343.9408
910.343.9448 fax

Authorization for Represntation

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYES, MOVING PICTURE TECHNICIANS, ARTISTS AND ALLIED CRAFTS OF THE UNITED STATES ITS TERRITORIES AND CANADA, AFL-CIO-CLC [IATSE]

Designation of Collective Bargaining Representation and Application for Membership

I hereby authorize International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC [IATSE] and Local No. 491, IATSE to represent me for the purposes of collective bargaining in matters of wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment with my current employer as set forth below as well as all other employers for whom I may become employed after the date set forth below on all present and future job sites. I understand this authorization card may be used to obtain recognition from my current or future employer without election. I further understand that this authorization shall not expire until such time as I revoke it in writing.

Joining 491

Joining Local 491 is a multi-step process.

After your initial inquiry, a packet will be sent with info about Local and next steps. You will need to return the following:

  • New Applicant Letter signed
  • Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement signed
  • Copy of DL as proof of residency
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent (why you want to join)

Once received and reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with our Business Agent (in-person or virtually).

After interview, a staff member will review the application packet with you and then send it along.  Packet will include:

  • Membership Information form
  • Reference Form
  • Obligation
  • Payroll Deduction Authorization
  • Authorization for Representation
  • IATSE Application
  • Back-2-One PAC form (voluntary)
  • ASA Safety Pass Application
  • Voter Registration Form (if unregistered)

The above forms need to be returned completed in their entirety along with any certifications and/or license copies required to support your craft listing.

When Membership Application Packet returned, the ASA Safety Pass app sent in and PIN issued directly to you.  We will keep track of your class completions.

If all steps, forms, requirements (sponsors and references) completed, then payment is secured  and your application will be processed by Secretary-Treasurer and sent on to IA’s General Office for approval.

The whole process can take from a few weeks to many months depending upon your level of commitment to completing the process diligently.