Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What are the requirements for membership in Local 769?

As outlined in the Constitution of Local 769:

"The membership of this Local shall be composed of wardrobe mistresses, wardrobe masters, seamstresses and all assistants in wardrobe departments, and all film and television costumers.

No person shall be eligible either to membership or to retain membership in this Local who shall be a member of any organization having as its aim or purpose the overthrow, by force, of the Constitution and Government of the United States or Canada.

Any member who shall upon trial be found to Lack any of the qualifications for membership in this Local shall forthwith be expelled and shall surrender all rights and privileges as such member, including death benefits and other property rights, if any, in the assets of this Local; and no member so expelled or dismissed shall ever be eligible for reinstatement or readmission thereafter.

Any person applying for membership in this Local must be of good moral character and reputation, and unless waived by the International for proper cause upon application by the Local, must have been a resident for at least eighteen (18) months, and have worked within the Local’s jurisdiction for at least six (6) months, but no longer than three (3) years, preceding his application.

Such applicant shall be of legal age to engage in gainful employment within the jurisdiction of this Local.

There shall be no discrimination against any person in respect to membership in this Alliance by reason of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation."

How do I apply for membership?

Anyone wishing to be considered for membership should submit a current resumé to Local 769.  After names are presented to the Executive Board, potential members are invited to take a sewing and written evaluation.  After the evaluation, potential members are given an official printed application, which, along with a $100 processing fee, is submitted to IATSE.  Once the application is approved by the General Secretary-Treasurer of IATSE, potential members become apprentices, for a period of up to three years.  An applicant who has complied with the requirements set out by the Constitution, and who is therefore deemed eligible for membership, shall be proposed for admission at a regular meeting of the local.  A vote of the majority of the members present shall be required for the acceptance of said applicants.  Once an applicant has received an affirmative vote by the membership, they shall become responsible for an initiation fee of $1000, prior to their official initiation.

For further details of the membership process, please contact Local 769.

Which entities take out the union's 3% dues from paychecks?

Broadway in Chicago

Chicago Theater

Joffrey Ballet

Lyric Opera

Madison Square Garden

United Center

Which entities have auto-deposit for paychecks?

Allstate Arena

Auditorium Theatre

Broadway in Chicago

Lyric Opera

Rosemont Theatre

United Center

What if I am sick, who do I call?

As outlined in the Standards & Practices of Dressers...:  "In the event of illness or emergencies, it is your responsibility to call the Business Agent.  If the Business Agent is not available, call the Secretary-Treasurer, then the Steward.  Members are to notify the Business Agent three (3) hours or more prior to call time, if a replacement is required.  You must speak directly with the Business Agent, Secretary/Treasurer, or Steward to insure a replacement has been obtained."

What are my health insurance options?

A link to the IATSE National Benefits Funds ( www.iatsenbf.org ) can be found under the "Related Links" portion of this website.  We participate in Plan C.  The rate information for the IA is posted on their website.

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The IATSE National Health & Welfare Fund was set up to provide health care benefits to eligible participants.  It was established as the result of various collective bargaining agreements between employers and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada and its Affiliated Locals.  Among other provisions, these agreements require employers to contribute to the Health & Welfare Fund on behalf of employees who are covered by the IATSE National Health & Welfare Plan C.  

This Benefits at a Glance provides a brief overview of the requirements for enrolling in Plan C and the benefits available under the plan.  Plan C benefits include the following:

  • hospital and medical coverage for you and your covered dependents through Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • prescription drug benefits for you and your covered dependents through CVS Caremark
  • dental benefits for you and your covered dependents through Delta Dental
  • vision services for you and your covered dependents through Davis Vision
  • A medical reimbursement program for certain unreimbursed medical expenses incurred by you and your covered dependents
  • life insurance that pays a lump sum to your beneficiaries in the event of your death.

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If you cannot afford the IA Health Plan, there are other options currently available, though in this fast-changing insurance environment, especially with the Affordable Care Act coming on-line in bits and pieces, everything will be "out of date" almost as soon as it is published.  A couple of websites that may be helpful would include eHealthInsurance ( eHealthInsurance.com ), the Illinois Department of Insurance  ( www.insurance.illinois.gov/HealthInsurance/HealthInsurance.asp ), The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center ( ahirc.com ) and the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan ( chip.state.il.us/premadmin.htm ).

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