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COVID-19 LOCAL 764 UPDATE APRIL 13, 2020-MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS AND THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD

Posted on April 14, 2020

Update April 13, 2020

The membership meetings scheduled to be held on April 16th and May 17th are canceled.  The membership meeting scheduled to be held on June 25th at 2:30 pm is rescheduled to June 18th at 2:30 pm.

Local 764 Elections;

Local 764 had been scheduled to have elections for the office of President, Vice-President and four Trustee seats in 2020 with nominations on April 16th, ballots out to the membership the week of April 20th, 2020 through May 16th, and the announcement and swearing in of officers on May 17th, at 6 pm.  

In consideration of the situation created by the COVID-19 crisis and recognizing that Governor Cuomo moved the State of New York Democratic Primary from April 28th to June 23rd to protect the health of all New Yorkers, the Local 764 Executive Board unanimously voted to reschedule elections.

Nominations will now be held at a Regular Membership Meeting rescheduled for June 18th at 2:30 pm, at the Local 764 offices at 545 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036, with ballots out to the membership the week of June 22nd, and the announcement and swearing in of officers will be at a Special Membership Meeting on July 20th at 6 pm.

The time that a member in good standing who wishes to apply for a waiver of the meetings requirement (four (4) regular membership meetings in two (2) years) is extended to 1:30 pm on June 18th (one hour before the scheduled nominations at 2:30 pm).  Waivers must be in writing to the Executive Board and may be submitted either by letter or email to [email protected]

For those members who anticipate not being able to attend in person on June 18th, but who would like to accept a nomination for office, acceptance letters may be filed with the President prior to or at the June 18th meeting.  Acceptance letters must be in writing and may be submitted either by letter or email to [email protected].

Except as stated above, all other matters pertaining to the Local 764 Election are as per the Local 764 Constitution and By-Laws, which may be found in the members section of the website.

OTHER UPDATES:

Health Insurance:

On April 3rd, Local 764 sent out an email regarding the announcement by the IATSE National Benefits Fund, announcing plans to cover participants through September 30th. 

You can read the 764 email here:

https://mailchi.mp/ia764/covid19432020_iatsenbf

and a direct link to the NBF’s memo is here: 

https://www.iatsenbf.org/assets/IMPROVEMENTS-TO-HEALTH-ELIGIBILITY-COVID-003.pdf

This is also on the Local 764 website.  

The CARES ACT has made additional items available for Medical Reimbursement such as certain over-the-counter medications.  Click here for the IATSE NBF announcement:

https://www.iatsenbf.org/assets/Uploads/2020Docs/COVID19-MRP-CARES-Act.pdf

The IATSE NBF has also issued the following notice:

The IATSE National Health & Welfare Fund has waived all fees for COVID-19 testing for all participants enrolled in Plan A and all Plan C options.

There is also COVID-19 relief for our participants residing in Puerto Rico. Click here to read an important message about Triple S COVID-19 coverage.

In addition, the Board of Trustees just added that if you receive treatment for the Coronavirus, including doctor visits, lab tests, hospitalization, etc. and you receive that care by an in-network provider, the Fund has waived all cost sharing no matter what Plan you are enrolled in with the IATSE National Health & Welfare Fund. 

There is NO COST SHARING for participants enrolled in Plan C coverage to use the Live Health Online (copays are waived) https://livehealthonline.com/

Unemployment:

The New York State and New Jersey Unemployment websites have been updated recently, making it easier for workers to log in and claim benefits.

To file a new claim: https://unemployment.labor.ny.gov/login 

If you have already filed a claim, go here:  https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/

NEW YORK: click here info regarding NYS Unemployment and the CARES ACT: https://www.ia764.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Guide-to-filing-for-unemployment-in-New-York-April-2020.pdf

NEW JERSEY: click here for a step by step guide regarding NJ Unemployment: https://www.ia764.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Guide-to-filing-for-unemployment-in-New-Jersey-April-2020_1.pdf

RESOURCES:

Financial:

The Local 764 Wally Hall Fund: Local 764 has an Emergency Fund for members in need.  Members in good standing may apply for a $3000.00 loan (interest free for 1 year).  This fund is available for all members in good standing.  Please contact Julie Fernandez at jfernan[email protected] for more information.

The Actors Fund has an online application for Entertainment workers in need.  Local 764 members should apply at https://actorsfund.jotform.com/200766730518860 and check the box ACTOR’S FUND ASSISTANCE.

For your MEMBER NUMBER please use the last four digits of your social security number.  Please reach out to David Erdei for any letters of good standing, if asked at [email protected].

The Actors Fund is also available for non-financial help, including counseling.  Please go to their website at www.actorfund.org to take advantage of their other programs available through the Local 764 Membership Assistance Program.

Union Plus: As a member of Local 764 you may qualify for hardship help through Union Plus.  Their website has variety of resources for Union members:

https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/union-plus-hardship-help-benefits

Union Plus is also hosting a free webinar about managing money during the COVID-19 crisis, and you can register here:https://www.unionplus.org/blog/consumer-tips/free-webinar-managing-your-money-during-coronavirus-pandemic?link_id=3&can_id=8b053604726bab3b49136a16e64ae989&source=email-afl-cio-dispatch-april-7-2020&email_referrer=email_770200&email_subject=afl-cio-dispatch-april-7-2020

Behind the Scenes has started an initiative for the mental health and suicide prevention for Entertainment workers:

For information regarding opportunities to volunteer, please refer to the previous COVID-19 updates on the Local 764 website.