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COVID-19 LOCAL 764 UPDATE 3/31/20

Posted on March 31, 2020

Local 764 Update: 3/30/2020

Below is information for Local 764 members as up-to-date and accurate as we have as of 3/30/20 at 10:00 am.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE CARES ACT:

  • New York State Unemployment continues to be overwhelmed, but you must contact them for specific questions related to your own personal case.  You may also contact the appropriate Local 764 business agent, but Local 764 may not be able to provide guidance on all cases.
  • Please see this link to NY State Unemployment and the CARES Act: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm
  • The National Employment Law Project has also put out helpful information regarding  the CARES act, and the differences between Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) , and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):

OTHER LEGISLATION:

ACTIVISM AND VOLUNTEERISM:

Below are volunteer opportunities from our previous email, as many members have been making masks and other protective gear and want to know how and where to donate them.  Other volunteer opportunities are also listed below.

New  York State Department Of Health Volunteer Opportunities:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Opportunities to help create needed supplies: 

Urban Resource Institute is the largest domestic violence shelter network in the country, right here in our backyard. COVID-19 has affected this city in more ways than can be counted to ensure that the health and safety populations are intact. Urban Resource Institute has an immediate need of cloth masks for our staff and residents to keep them safe and healthy while continuing to provide shelter to some of New York’s most vulnerable populations.

  • Why cloth masks? A supply N95 masks from manufacturers in the Midwest will take a week or longer to arrive, and the need is immediate. They have asked for help from Local 764’s members with the creation of a minimum of 1,200 masks made out of 100% cotton using the pattern attached.
  • Selected Pattern:  Urban Resource Institute will give you their selected pattern and directions.
  • Materials: Urban Resource Institute has spent the weekend creating kits to distribute across the city volunteers. To organize a drop off, fill out this quick survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=AAqiixUzEU6Nno7aJXjPskz02MKNLadMsJV4bXRnDNZUNlhMVDlBTDRJSElHMTEyMkwxOEFFUEtORy4u.
  • Prefer a pick up? Email [email protected] in Brooklyn to coordinate.  
  • Want to use your own supplies? No problem! You will need: needle and thread, cotton cloth, Elastic, cloth/fabric ties or new shoelaces (14 inches), pipe cleaners, coated paper clips or wire hangers(s), scissors.
  • Masks will be washed before use, keep all necessary COVID-19 precautions! Masks should be stored in an airtight clean container or ziplock bag once complete. From Urban Resource Institute: Feel free to write a personal uplifting note on your ziplock to inspire families in need.
  • When you are finished and ready to distribute: Let us know by filling out this form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=AAqiixUzEU6Nno7aJXjPskz02MKNLadMsJV4bXRnDNZUQkhaTDlaQlBCU0ZRMDk5Rkw0Q1RRVkZHOS4u and notifying Kristen Clonan and Stephanie Rivera at [email protected]. We will organize a pick up. 
  • Want to share how 764 is supporting URI on social media?  Tag @URI_NYC with #764strong

ENCORE VOLUNTEER SOS TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS:

To volunteer with Encore Community Services please contact Gigi Verkaik [email protected] or to volunteer contact Jennifer Asquino [email protected]

While many businesses have been forced to shutter, Encore Community Services has remained open for take-out lunch and home delivered meal service for seniors. Meals are delivered to homebound seniors up and down the west side.

At this time Encore is in urgent need of Volunteers to do the following: 

  • Help deliver and pack meals (Weekday mornings and afternoons)
  • Licensed drivers with vehicles (Weekday mornings) 
  • Trained cooks and professional kitchen staff to help prepare meals (Weekday mornings) 

In addition, we have started Telephone Wellness Check-ins and need volunteers to help make check-in phone calls to senior citizens. Calls can be made between the hours of 10:30am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.  This task will require an initial orientation and follow-up trainings may be required.

Seniors who cannot shop are in need of: Toilet Paper and Paper Towels, Household Cleaning Supplies, Sanitizing Wipes, Antibacterial hand soap.

To prepare food/partner/donate, please contact Gigi Verkaik [email protected] or to volunteer contact Jennifer Asquino [email protected]

Opportunities Donate Blood:

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancelations. For information on how to donated please visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org. Their website also included information about safe donation during the coronavirus outbreak.

From the New York Central Labor Council:

Our thanks to President Vincent Alvarez for his leadership in this time

Supplies: Some of you may have access to urgently needed supplies through your shops or employers and have asked for information on where these items can go. The following supplies have been identified as urgently needed by the City of New York: *** PLEASE NOTE this does NOT mean masks made from at home.  For these please see the note about URI above ***

  • Surgical grade N95s
  • Surgical masks
  • Isolation gowns
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Non-surgical grade N95s
  • Latex gloves
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Goggles
  • Ventilators
  • Tents
  • Thermometers

Click here for Donate NYC’s website where you can donate these and other supplies.

Volunteering:

  • New York Interfaith Services (NYDIS): NYDIS is a faith-based federation of over 60 diverse judicatories, disaster human services providers, and charitable organizations who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City.

Share Your Space:

  • Registering community spaces is another way you can help support communities during this time. You also can direct others in your community to register their spaces as well. To register your space visit the Share Your Space Survey online.

IATSE CARES:

The new website: iatsecares.org has launched. The initiative establishes a “Buddy System”, where members in need may request for a volunteer to call them at the frequency of their choice.

The initiative also establishes a delivery system, where members in need can have a trusted volunteer deliver groceries, prescriptions, and other necessary supplies within 72 hours.

Register to volunteer on at this link: Sign up to volunteer here.

LOCAL 764 OFFICE:

Local 764 will continue to operate remotely through this time period. 

  • For Vision Voucher requests: Please email Cathy Halpin at [email protected]
    • For Vision Reimbursement and Gym Reimbursement submissions: please mail your submissions to the Local 764 office as usual.  Please allow for a little extra time in processing.  You may SCAN and EMAIL your documents for faster processing, but you MUST mail in the original documentation as well.
  • If you have PENSION or  ANNUITY PAPERWORK:
    • Please mail all documentation directly to Zenith-American to the address below.  If you have already mailed documentation to the Local 764 office, we will forward it to Zenith-American.
    • ZENITH AMERICAN ADDRESS

Wardrobe Local 764 IATSE
Pension and Annuity Funds
c/o Zenith-American, Inc.
140 Sylvan Avenue, Suite 303
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

(800) 365-0082 (toll free)

  • Please make sure to leave messages on voicemail – we will return your calls and have the appropriate Local 764 worker call you.
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  • Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature have passed similar legislation to suspend evictions and the residential foreclosure process as well as prohibit rent increases during the statewide public health emergency.
https://nj1015.com/29-measures-65m-for-nj-schools-business-kids-during-coronavirus/
  • The Federal Housing Administration intends to implement a moratorium on evictions and forclosures for single-family homeowners with an FHA-insured mortgage for 60 days.
https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_042