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Become a member of Local 28 - IATSE Local 28

Become a member of IATSE Local 28

In order to become eligible for membership in the union, you must work 320 hours under Local 28 contracts.  The Local’s record of these hours are based on reports from employers.  All potential candidates for membership should track their own hours and keep pay stubs as proof of sufficient hours worked.

When a candidate is ready to apply for membership, the process is as follows:

The candidate must send a written request to be considered for membership.


Mail: IATSE Local 28
PO Box 42565 
Portland, OR 97202

The Secretary confirms the candidate’s work hours and residency requirement either from the local’s records or requests documentation from the candidate.

If the 18-month residency requirement has not been met, the Secretary must include the request for a waiver with the application to the International.

The Secretary mails the International’s application to the candidate

The candidate returns the application with a $200 application fee.

$100 goes to the International and is non-refundable.

$100 goes to the Local.

Upon receipt of the application the Secretary informs the Membership committee

Membership calls the candidate and schedules an interview time.

Membership interviews are given the same day extras interviews are held.

The candidate takes a written and an oral screening.

The committee votes on whether to recommend the candidate for membership and informs the Secretary of the decision.

Upon approval by the committee the Secretary reads the candidate’s name during the “new applicants” portion of the next general meeting. The committee’s recommendation is given, discussion is allowed, and a vote taken.

The Secretary mails the application to the International.

Upon return of the application from the International the Secretary contacts the candidate to schedule the swear-in date and gives them a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws.

The candidate is responsible for a full quarter of dues no matter when they are sworn in.  The candidate must bring the check for dues ($115) to the meeting.

If the candidate is eligible to be sworn in any time other than the beginning of the quarter, the swear-in date can be scheduled at the beginning of the next quarter, if the candidate prefers.

Once you are a Member you gain the following  privileges:

The right to attend General Meetings and speak on issues affecting the Local and its members.

The right to participate in formulating union policy.

The right to nominate and vote for candidates for local office and to run for local office.

The right to participate in contract ratification and strike votes.

The right to seek election as a delegate to the IATSE convention.

Access to classes in sound, lighting, tool safety, rigging safety, and more.

Page Last Updated: May 25, 2019 (13:35:43)
Contact Info
IATSE Local 28
PO Box 42565
Portland, OR 97202
  Labor Requests 503-395-5928 - General Office Questions 503-295-2828

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