How To Join

Please see the requirements below for each of our crafts. For more information about becoming a member of IATSE Local 871, contact our Member Relations Coordinator, Ellen McCrea, at 818-509-7871 or via email ellen@ialocal871.org.

 

You must have either 100 paid non-union days or 30 paid union days (see below) in order to qualify for placement on the Producers Industry Experience Roster at Contract Services Administrative Trust Fund. If you have 100 paid non-union days they must have been earned within a two-year period. If you have 30 paid union days they must have been earned within a one-year period and on a non-union show that signed an IATSE agreement during production. Save any and all documentation proving that you were paid and had worked as a Script Supervisor or Teleprompter Operator.

Save your pay stubs. Personal checks from your employers will not suffice. It is also necessary to submit letters from the Producers to CSATF to verify that you had worked in the covered capacity. This in turn will also demonstrate that you have had enough paid experience as a Script Supervisor or Teleprompter Operator to qualify for membership into Local 871. For more information, click here.

Once you have all of your paperwork gathered up call CSATF at 818-565-0550 ext 1100 and ask to speak to a roster specialist in order to submit your paperwork.

You don’t necessarily need to have all of your days to begin the process with CSATF. If you only have a handful of days, they will start a file on you regardless. However, be mindful that your days will start to expire if not all earned within the one- or two-year time frame.

You will be required to make an appointment to fill out an application, I-9 form and to be tested for color-blindness. Please make sure to bring your passport, drivers license and social security card to your appointment. Once your days have been completely submitted, CSATF will send a letter to Local 871 signifying that you will be placed on the Roster. If your days are approved, you will be contacted by the Local via USPS notifying you that you are eligible to join Local 871. At that time, you will also be required to provide proof of Los Angeles residency.

Roster Placement Application Process and Requirements

You will be required to take several safety classes through CSATF in order for you to be able to work on Union productions as a Script Supervisor or Teleprompter Operator. Once you have completed those classes you will be issued a permanent safety passport. Please contact CSATF Safety Pass program at 818-847-0040 ext 1200 for more information.

The quarterly dues for both Script Supervisors and Teleprompter Operators are $185.00. The initiation fee for Teleprompter Operators is $3,793.20.  The initiation fee for Script Supervisors is $6,928.38. (The Script Supervisor rate increases each year when there’s an increase in the weekly rate which usually happens at the end of July.)  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well. 

 

Local 871 Members who offer classes in Script Supervising

 

You must have either 30 paid UNION days or 100 paid non-union days (verifiable through pay stubs) for these crafts along with a current resume and proof of Los Angeles residency. 

The quarterly dues for Production Coordinators are $141.69 and the initiation fee is $2,998.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.

The quarterly dues for Assistant Production Coordinators are $97.51 and the initiation fee is $1,714.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.

 

You must have either 30 paid UNION days or 100 paid non-union days (verifiable through pay stubs) for this craft along with a current resume and proof of Los Angeles residency.

The quarterly dues for Art Department Coordinators are $126.23 and the initiation fee is $2,044.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.

You must have 30 paid UNION days (verifiable through pay stubs) for all of these crafts along with a current resume and proof of Los Angeles residency.

The quarterly dues for Production Accountants are $185.00 and the initiation fee is $3,220.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.

The quarterly dues for Assistant Production Accountants are $136.85 and the initiation fee is $1,840.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.

If you are newly employed in one of the crafts above by a signatory company, you must register with Local 871 before working.  The process for a registrant is to fill out a registration form and pay $75.00 each quarter to the local to be able to compete for union work.  Once you’ve worked 30 union days for any signatory employer in a two-year period, you will be eligible to join the Local and cannot be considered a registrant any longer.

The Local requires documentation from the employers detailing how many days you’ve worked in the industry.  Once we gather that information, you must make an appointment to join the local.  The quarterly dues for all Sports crafts are $126.23 and the initiation fee is $2,044.00.  There is an additional $100.00 application fee as well.  Please contact Heidi Nakamura at (818) 509-7871, extension 107 or at Heidi@ialocal871.org