FAQ

WHAT IS A PERMIT?

A “permit” is a phrase used for a person that is not part of the Union Membership but working under the Local 729 contract on a Union Television Show, Commercial or Feature Film. There is no physical piece of paper that is issued.

DOES THE UNION KEEP A LIST OF PERMITS?

No, the Union does not keep a running list of potential permits interested in becoming a member. The Union tracks permit employee’s information once they are hired on a show.

HOW CAN I GET HIRED ON A LOCAL 729 JOB?

In order to hire a non-roster employee, a Department Head/Lead Painter will need to obtain authorization from Local 729 directly. All work calls must first be offered to any Local 729 members within the appropriate job classification that have listed themselves as “available” for work. Authorization will only be given if we are unable, for whatever reason, to fill a work call. For example, if “10 are on the books,” The Union needs to exhaust all attempts and reach out to all 10 members in order to offer them the work first. If they are unable to accept the call or we are unable to reach them, a permit can be considered at the end of the business day.

DOES THE UNION DISPATCH PERMITS?

No, the Union does not dispatch permits. A Department Head/Lead Painter, once authorized for a permit, would be the one responsible for hiring and only at that time would the Union take down the permit’s information.

I HAVE MY 30 DAYS, NOW WHAT DO I DO?

Once you have worked 30 Union workdays under Local 729’s jurisdiction as a Set Painter or a SignWriter, you will need to contact Contract Services to complete paperwork to be listed on the Industry Experience Roster (IER). To do this you must submit an application to Contract Services (application available here) with a copy of one of your paystubs to be input into their system. Once that’s completed, they will ask you to complete a Form I-9, a color vision test, the remainder of your employment verification from each payroll company you worked for during your 30 days, and 2 Safety Pass classes (A-General Safety and
Harassment Prevention Training).

I HAVE ALL OF MY DAYS CAN I JUST COME IN AND JOIN?

No, once Contract Services notifies the Union, Local 729 will then send you an invitation to make an appointment to come in and join the Union. You will need to wait for this invitation letter to make your appointment.

HOW LONG ARE MY DAYS GOOD FOR?

You will have a 365 day time period (rolling year) from your first date worked under Local 729 to complete your 30 days as well as your file with Contract Services. For example, if your first day worked was January 1, 2020, you would have until January 1, 2021 to complete this. If you do not complete your file with Contract Services, Local 729 will not be able to give the final authorization for your placement on the Industry Experience Roster (IER) and your time may be forfeited. Your days will essentially “fall off” day by day as time elapses. For additional information on how long your days are good for please contact Contract Services directly.

WHAT IS THE COST TO JOIN?

When you’ve made your appointment to come in for your initiation, you will need to bring with you a cashier’s check and/or money order (payable to Local 729), or credit card (all credit card transactions incur an additional $6.00 fee) in the amount of $4,889.00. This includes your initiation fee, registration with the International and the current quarter, quarterly Union dues.

I DON’T HAVE ALL THE MONEY TO JOIN, CAN I SETUP PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR MY INITIATION FEES?

No, payment arrangements are not available for initiation fees. You may wish to research an “initiation fee loan” with local banks/credit unions. Note that once you’ve completed your 30 days and are laid off that you are not able to work under the Local 729 jurisdiction until you’ve been initiated into the Union or until we are back allowing permits to work.

I HAVEN’T BEEN WORKING DO I STILL NEED TO PAY MY DUES?

Yes, quarterly dues are payable whether you are working or not. If you’ve been disabled for at least 6 weeks out of a quarter, please call the Union as soon as possible for a potential dues reduction.

DOES LOCAL 729 HAVE ANY LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES?

Yes, currently the Life Insurance Policy (which is included in your membership) has a benefit amount of $5,000.00 for the member and $1,000.00 for your eligible spouse (changeable at any time). Life Insurance benefits are only paid out if the member is considered to be in good standing.

I’VE BEEN LAID OFF, WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

The very first thing you should do when you get laid off/hired is call the Union office. If you do not call in to report your work, your name may not go out on the availability list. As an “Active” member in good standing you can also make yourself available by logging into our website with your username and password.