How to Join
Any Press Agent or Manager engaged under the terms of an ATPAM Agreement is eligible to join. Most individuals become members through the APPRENTICE PROGRAM. Full members have access to comprehensive health insurance and a pension plan when working. Other benefits include training seminars for career enhancement, eligibility for low-interest mortgages, credit card, travel and other discount and savings programs, a union death benefit, credit union privileges, scholarships, and access to members only website.
The initiation fee for ATPAM membership is $2,000, plus an IATSE application processing fee of $100. However, an individual engaged as an Apprentice can receive a $100 credit for each of ten seminars held by the Union, for a maximum credit of $1,000 toward membership, upon successful completion of the program.
Annual dues for membership are currently $240.00. There are significant membership discounts for retired and senior members.
Depending on the contract, members pay 3.75% of their gross salary in working dues.
Non-Member Apprentice Manager
A Non-Member Apprentice Manager (NMAM) may be employed when an individual is hired per the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) between ATPAM and the League. A contract must be filed by the employer and, at the same time as the contract filing, the NMAM must pay a non-refundable registration fee of $250 (which will be credited toward any amounts due upon membership). To be eligible for membership in the Union, NMAM candidates must accumulate at least 52 credit weeks on valid contracts over a period of not less than two and not more than three consecutive seasons. No fewer than ten credit weeks must be accumulated in each season and no more than 42 credit weeks may be accumulated in one season. Any NMAM who fails to complete the program within three consecutive seasons shall be removed from the program. Each season shall be considered as starting Labor Day. Following accumulation of 52 credit weeks, all NMAMs must pass an oral and written test for Union admission. For each seminar attended, the NMAM will receive a $100.00 credit towards the ATPAM Initiation fee (capped at $1,000).
Individuals who successfully complete the apprentice program, including the written and oral test, receive ‘certification’ from the Union. Note: it is advisable – but not a requirement – to go through the apprentice program in order to hold a contract and become a full member of ATPAM.