Theatrical Wardrobe Union,

Local 784

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Weingarten Rights?

Employees have a right to request union representation at investigatory interviews. These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights.

Can I pay my dues over the phone?

At this time Local 784 only accepts payment by check or money order.

How long does it take to become a member after applying? 

The timeline for membership varies depending for each applicant. The process is outlined below:

  • Application (July)
  • Intake Test (August)
  • Complete Hiring Hall Paperwork and pay Annual Hiring Hall Fee of $75 (check or money order)
  • First work call (Holiday Season)
  • Accrue 30 days worked (this can take some time depending on your availability)
  • Receive Membership Invitation letter (sent after 30 day completed)
  • Complete Official Application for Membership, pay Application Fee of $125 (check or money order) and Initiation Fee or Deposit ($1250/$250 + Payments)
  • Application read at 2 successive General Membership meetings, vote taken during 2nd meeting
  • Swearing in after vote
  • Pay Membership Quarterly Dues to Secretary-Treasurer, confirm Initiation Fee Payment schedule if necessary
  • Attend Membership meetings and participate in Local governance

What is the difference between Quarterly Dues and Work Fees (also called Work Dues)? 

Quarterly Dues pay for your membership in our parent union I.A.T.S.E., District 2 as well as membership in Local Labor Council's and Federations whose jurisdiction we work in. These costs are covered by your Quarterly Per Capita Dues. The rate increases are voted on during the budgeting process in October and usually set for a 4 year period. Quarterly dues are owed in January, April, July, and Oct. They can be paid annually, semi-annually, or quarterly.

Work fees are the % of your wages that the employer with-holds from your pay and sends to the Local. The % is determined by member vote any time the Executive Board determines a change is needed (last increase was in 2012). These fees cover the cost of our office space, salary for the Office Staff, and other operating costs. The Staff run the office, coordinate training, negotiate contracts, dispatch workers to job sites, provide support and contract adherence and much more.

Why am I being charged a late fee? 

Per the Locals Constitution any member who does not pay their Quarterly Dues during the month owed incurs a $35 late fee for every month the Dues are in arrears. After 6 months of late payments the Executive Board can decide to expel the member for non-payment. It is critical that you contact the Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Board if you are experiencing financial difficulties as early as possible, so we can provide options.

What is the difference between an applicant and a member? 

If you have filled out paperwork with the Business Agent and paid the Annual Hiring Hall Fee, you are considered an applicant / worker.

A worker is registered for work with Local 784, available to work but has not completed the following: worked 30 days, completed application, paid initiation fee (or started payment plan), been sworn in at a membership meeting.

A member has completed the above criteria, is paying quarterly dues, has received their paid membership card and has full voting rights at Union meetings.

What are my health insurance options?

Local 784 employers contribute a negotiated % to the Entertainment Flex Plan. Once you reach a contribution threshold (currently $1600), you will receive a letter requiring proof of alternate coverage or enrollment in one of the plans. All specific Plan information is listed in the Summary Plan Description. They offer Kaiser and Anthem Blue Cross Health Insurance as well as Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance.

What other benefits does Local 784 offer?

All members receive an Accidental Death & Dismemberment Policy as well as a standard Life Insurance policy via the Local. 

All of our employers contribute a negotiated % to either the I.A.T.S.E. National Benefits Fund Pension Plan C, the NBF Annuity via Wells Fargo or both. See your contract to determine which one you are receiving.

Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 784, I.A.T.S.E. is a 501(c)5 non-profit organization. 1182 Market St, Suite 312, San Francisco, CA 94102

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