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IATSE Local 480 represents professional film technicians working "below-the-line" on TV and movie productions in the state of New Mexico. Since 1988, Local 480 has covered experienced film workers in over ninety crafts within twenty departments. It is our goal to provide our members with the benefits of safe working conditions, health coverage and retirement.

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B.A. Thought for the Day


It is with a heavy heart I go into the Albuquerque election tomorrow so soon after the loss of Sister Lois King.

Lois was a faithful supporter of our efforts to get out the vote and never missed an opportunity to take part in the process. I hope that each member who is eligible to vote will honor Lois by doing so.


Don't wait to sign up for the NMFO Conference.


I was in Texas yesterday for a thing with a member and as I sat there waiting I was reflecting that it wasn't so long ago that TX was Democrat and had Anne Richards as Governor. It would be hard to imagine a Dem being elected there now. Same in California. Jerry Brown rolled Carly Fiorina up yet it wasn't so long ago an Actor born in Austria was the Republican Governor. Hard to imagine that happening again.

My point is: elections matter. If you live in ABQ you should get a phone call from our phone bankers urging you to vote in the upcoming city elections. There are two strong, pro film, pro Union candidates running. Take the time, go vote. Elections matter.


Today in Labor History

The Workingman's Advocate of Chicago publishes the first installment of The Other Side, by Martin A. Foran, president of the Coopers' Int'l Union. Believed to be the first novel by a trade union leader and some say the first working-class novel ever published in the U.S. - 1868

A coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launch the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. The party elects seven state assembly men and one senator - 1886

A 42-month strike by Steelworkers at Bayou Steel in Louisiana ends in a new contract and the ousting of scabs - 1996

California Gov. Gray Davis (D) signs legislation making the state the first to offer workers paid family leave - 2002


Today in Labor History -1868

At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony called for the formation of a Working Women's Association. As a delegate to the Congress, she persuaded the committee on female labor to call for votes for women and equal pay for equal work. But male delegates deleted the reference to the vote.


The national IATSE Women's Committee has begun a new health initiative to spread the word on women's heath issues. Click here for their new flyer which you are welcome to share with your friends, family, and neighbors.


Here's a link to a video on the importance of unions. Feel free to share it with friends and family.


"The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor."
-Thomas Donahue


I was in Las Cruces for Labor Day and it occurred to me that until we fully embrace Southern NM and its rich locations and film crews we will never be able to utilize our State Wide Jurisdiction. We've convinced even the skeptical of our value to the State and the communities of Northern and Central NM. On to the South!


I look forward to seeing many of you at the Labor Day events in ABQ and Santa Fe on Monday. Enjoy the holiday.


The custom bike rack has been installed at the office. Ride over on Labor Day for the picnic and take a look.

Thanks to Executive Board member Maria Bentfield for heading this effort.


Fuel companies have convinced us that premium is worth a much higher price. In general unless your car requires it you are wasting $. But, on a small engine like a motorbike or a generator, that's not always the case. For small-capacity gas tanks, the extra cost is probably worth it. Teamsters tend to carry premium in the fueler for just that reason.


Every time I think UI gets better something goes haywire. It actually surprises me what they can find to deny your claim. It's like they are making this stuff up as they go along. In their defense our people often don't know who the employer was or when they worked. Plus they are one of the most understaffed, underpaid agencies in the State. This State has a reputation for underpaying employees. Remember this good advise which helps with payroll company disputes too. Take you camera phone and take a picture of all your paperwork. Including your check stubs, start work and if you can time cards. It's a lot easier when you file a UI claim or have an issue with your check. A LOT.


We can help you if you have need of an artistic space, equipment, etc. Our goal is to help our members succeed. So if it's rehearsal space, a PA system, a stage, or even just publicity we are here to help.


The difference between a politician who gives us support and actively supports us was obvious when Santa Fe's Mayor showed up to work on a promotional spot. We want support, we need votes, hell we will even take a lack of opposition, but active participation is treasured and won't be forgotten.


We're reaching out to industry partners to put on a FAM Tour of Southern NM including the spaceport in November for the countries top location managers and scouts. We feel that there is much to offer that has not been shot in Cloudcroft or White Sands, and Las Cruces a hidden gem.

The spaceport could be the most expensive location ever but it's there and we should shoot it. We will be extending an invite to our members to join these rainmakers and tour the facility. Watch your email for details in late October.


Always search "coupons" online before you buy anything. It's astounding the deals and coupons out there on car rentals,airfare, oil changes, even groceries. Union plus is a good source too.


I sent this article from the Journal on Monday about Tax n Rev and the explosion of audits. They wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't making them money. Millions are being collected and we hear on good authority and from many of you that a lot is coming from us. The penalties and interest are astounding. Cheaper and easier to pay it correctly and on time.


Scaffolding isn't something to fool with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the brother killed in Rio Rancho and the brothers still in bad shape from the accident at the Presbyterian construction site. A fall from 30' is serious. Don't assume - check, double check and check again.


I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the general membership meeting this Sunday, August 16th at the Center for Progress and Justice in Santa Fe (next door to our office). Executive Board 8am, general membership meeting 11am.


Sport a new lid!!!

Trucker Hats, Cadet Hats, Vintage BB Hats now available on the 480 Website!


The International has published a guide to "Netiquette".

480 in the Wild