Application Procedure

Application Procedure to become a member of IATSE Local No. 489:

...You must be on the Permit List before applying to IATSE 489 membership ...

Joining IATSE Local 489 is a multi-step process that will take some time to complete.

Once you have worked at least 30 days on union productions in crafts that we represent you are able to apply for membership in IATSE and Local 489.

Those who pass the Membership vote must then be approved by our parent organization, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada.

Joining the Local is not free. The costs to join are listed below, which apply regardless of your employment status.  In addition to these fees and your annual membership dues, when working in a covered craft on a contract production you will owe 2.5% of your gross wages to the Local.

There are two things that you should consider carefully before applying to the Local.

First, we are not a hiring hall.   You will be responsible for finding work for yourself.   Our responsibility is to protect you once you are working.

Second, once you join the Local, you will be a member for life.   If you are expelled or take an honorable withdrawal, you will owe back dues to the Local and to the International.   You will have to pay these intervening dues if you wish to rejoin the Local at a later date.   

To become a member, you must:

A.      Identify a Local 489 Sponsor

All Applicants require a Local 489 Executive Board Sponsor.   Further the sponsor’s primary craft must be the same craft as the applicant’s desired primary craft.   In the case where the applicant’s Local 489 Sponsor is not a member of the applicant’s primary craft, the Sponsor must appear at the next scheduled Local 489 Executive Board meeting to ask for a waiver of this specific application provision.

The waiver is subject to approval by the Local 489 Executive Board.

B.      Request that an Application be sent to you from the Local 489 office.

( or 412.926.6490)

Applications will only be sent when an eligible Local 489 Sponsor is identified and has been confirmed by the Local 489 office.   APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT BY US MAIL. THEY CAN NOT BE FAXED OR EMAILED

C.      Required Documentation

You must provide the following documentation with your application:

1. Proof of Residency

Provide copies of Proof of Residency within the Local 489 geographical jurisdiction (Pittsburgh).  The two required documents to verify residency are the following:

a. A valid Driver’s License or State ID from Pennsylvania showing 18 months minimum residency in the jurisdiction of Local 489 and a Pennsylvania Voter Registration card.


b. A valid driver's license or State ID from Pennsylvania AND a Pennsylvania Voter Registration card

IMPORTANT: If you have NOT lived within Local 489 jurisdiction for 18 months, please contact our Business Agent Virginia Philips at

2. Work History

The following document must be provided:  A verifiable Resume of your film work history (including the dates of Productions and the name(s) of your immediate supervisors), education and/or relevant experience.   Your resume must indicate a minimum of 30 days of work within the 24 months immediately preceding this application in the craft in which you are applying or that is related to the craft in which you are applying.   

3. Professional References

Provide THREE (3) signed letters of professional reference.   References must be a minimum of 75 words in length.  TWO (2) references must be from Local 489 members in good standing who have been members of Local 489 for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to the reference.   Your Executive Board Sponsor may be one of your two Local 489 references.  ONE (1) reference must be from a prior employer, superior/supervisor, co‐worker or peer, and must include category and/or classification and length of employment.

4. Payment

Include a check or money order, payable to IATSE Local 489, for $771.00 which includes the following:

  1. IATSE Application Fee (Nonrefundable) $ 100.00
  2. Initiation Fee $ 600.00
  3. One Quarters Dues (1/4 of Annual Dues) $ 71.00 {2019 with the Per Capita increase}

5. MAIL your complete application package to:

IATSE Local 489
Attn: Applications Committee
P.O. Box 100056
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-0056

6. Notification

You will be notified upon receipt of your COMPLETE application.

Please note:

While an applicant, if you are called to work on a production in a Local 489 represented craft, you must notify the Local 489 office immediately.
All Applicants MUST be voted on by the general membership at the bi-annual membership vote meetings.
Applications must be received by the office no later than the following dates for each membership vote meeting:

2nd Quarter General Meeting & Bi-Annual Membership Vote – Second Sunday in April

  • Deadline for application: February 1st

4th Quarter General Meeting & Bi-Annual Membership Vote – Second Sunday in October

  • Deadline for application: August 1st

Once approved you will be notified with the date to be sworn in to become a member.
You will be sent a Constitution and By-Laws.
You will also be notified of your current balance.

Any application received 15 days prior to the monthly Executive Board meeting will be read at that meeting.

At the consecutive Executive Board Meeting, the second reading of the application to the membership and vote by the Executive Board will take place.


Executive Board Officers

Executive Board Department Representatives (Sponsors)