IATSE 891 - Increase the Art Dept. Assistant Rate to $25/hour for 2021

IATSE 891 - Increase the Art Dept. Assistant Rate to $25/hour for 2021

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Kayla Meadows started this petition to IATSE 891 (IATSE Local 891)

IATSE 891 please increase the Art Dept. Assistant rate to $25/hour for a Supplemental Tier 2 TV Show for the next round of bargaining for 2021

Art Dept. Assistants are a vital role in the art department who require previous training in either Set Design or Graphics and are required to provide a portfolio before even being accepted into the Art Department as a permittee.

Art Dept. Assistants have to pay for computer programs (with their own money) worth up to $1,500 to do their jobs (Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign/Drafting Software/etc.). They are often asked to do Graphics/Set Design with NO pay increase as a great way to "build their portfolios" and are often taken advantage of because of their previous years of training/education in these fields.

Being new to the film industry or switching over from other departments, people quickly learn how low an Art Assistant truly gets paid compared to all other IATSE 891 positions and oftentimes try to jump up to other positions to get a pay increase, which overall hinders the art department. It is so difficult finding and keeping good art assistants because who wants to get paid $15.90/hour?

People jumping to other positions also hinders them from truly getting to enjoy the Art Assistant position which is one of the most versatile positions in the Art Dept where you get to try BG graphics, Model Making, carry out research, various admin duties, craft making, picking up/buying a variety of materials, assisting and learning from Art Directors, various creative tasks, and so much more! Everyday is different so Art Dept. Assistants have to be good at multi-tasking and time management as they can be working on various different creative tasks, so you cannot just hire someone off the street to do the job. This person has to be skilled, attentive, independent, and trained before entering into the position. This is not a "Trainee" position as some may say.

Minimum wage in BC is currently $14.60/hour.
Tier 2 Art Dept. Assistant rate is $15.90/hour.
Do you see the problem here?

Please help all the present and future Art Dept. Assistants with this request as we are shocked and appalled to hear that they are still one of the lowest paid positions in the entire Union and are only earning $1.30 more than the current minimum wage that requires NO previous training or education.

Please help make a difference not only for current Art Assistants but also for future ones joining IATSE 891.

Together we are stronger, together we stand united. We are Union proud and hope to make positive change for the Art Department!

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