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Posted on August 14, 2020

Below is information on:

  • Return To Work: Employer Safety Plans 
  • IATSE National Benefits: News From the Health Fund
  • Safe and Sound Week: Resources
  • OSHA Class Information
  • Dry Cleaning: Call for Questions
  • Homeowner and Rent Relief Information

Return to Work: Employer Safety Plans

  • If you have been contacted to return to work and have been provided your employer safety plan, please make sure that you forward this plan to Local 764.
  • Some employers send these plans directly to the Union, and some employers give them to department heads or supervisors.  
  • If your department head/supervisor has not been given a plan, contact Local 764 and we can request it.
  • Local 764 will review all plans, and keep them on file. Contact the business agents to verify your employer’s plan has been reviewed (Leah Okin: [email protected] or Frank Gallagher: [email protected]).

The Local 764 Dropbox of all reviewed and verified employer plans and other safety protocols that maybe shared with the entire membership can be found here:

From the NYC MOME (Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment)
Phase 4 production guidance is available on the Film Permit website. Please check frequently for updates and review the guidelines and FAQ before submitting permit applications. The Film Office is operating remotely, so please allow additional time for Film Permit processing.


Announcement Regarding Relief for the IATSE National Health and Welfare Fund Plan C Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic


The Trustees of the IATSE NBF have extended the relief for Participants of Plan C for the 4th Quarter of 2020:

  • For those enrolled in coverage as of July 1, 2020, no co-payment will be required from you for you to remain enrolled in your existing coverage option (determined as of August 15, 2020) for the quarter beginning October 1, 2020.
  • If your CAPP account balance is insufficient to cover the required CAPP charge, you need not submit that payment.
  • Whatever amount is in your CAPP account on August 15, 2020 will be applied to the CAPP charge applicable to the October 1, 2020 quarter for the Plan C coverage option that you are enrolled in. You will not be required to make up the difference.  
  • Your coverage will automatically continue at the same level. If you have enough funds in your CAPP account on August 15, 2020 (which consists of employer contributions received through July 31, 2020) to cover the cost of your coverage, the CAPP charge for your coverage option will be deducted from your account.
  • Please note that participant CAPP statements for the October 1, 2020 coverage quarter may be delayed due to this relief. Please watch your email for notification of when the CAPP statements are available. We highly recommend that you register on the Funds’ website, www.iatsenbf.org, if you have not done so already. Once registered, you will be sure to receive all important information as soon as it is released.

NEWS: Steiner Studio to develop new Studio

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) are proud to announce that Steiner Studios has been selected to develop a 500,000-square-foot film and television production hub on the Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. The facilities will include eight new soundstages, gut-renovations of two historic buildings, and a new parking facility. Steiner will complete the adjacent Bush Terminal Piers Park and build a new playground designed with community input. By expanding production capacity and investing in skilled job training and talent development programs, the new production hub affirms our commitment to increasing access and opportunities for New Yorkers in the film and television industry and strengthens the City’s role as a center for film and television production.


Click on the link below for information on OSHA classes and to apply:


SAFE & SOUND WEEK: Resources

Resources from Planning A Safe Show? This Is What You Need To Know

Handouts from the Webinar presented by AVIXA with IATSE Panelists Joe Aldridge, Hannah D’Amico, Kent Jorgensen, Eddie Raymond & Alan Rowe are now on the Local 764 website.

Behind the Scenes: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Workshop

Handouts from the Webinar presented by Lori Rubinstein of Behind the Scenes and Taryn Longo of the Mastery Studio are now on the Local 764 Website.


Local 764 is planning a possible webinar about dry cleaning and services available that could help to reduce the spread of CoVid-19. Please submit any specific questions regarding dry cleaning for the webinar via email to Leah Okin at [email protected] and we will try to address them on the webinar.


Homeowner Relief

The New York State Legislature has allocated $20 million dollars in funding to the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). This program administered through the office of the Attorney General, Letitia James. Homeowners who are behind on their mortgage can get free help by calling the HOPP hotline (855)-466-3456.

Rent Relief Extenstion

Applications for the New York State Rent Relief program will not be accepted through August 6, 2020. A call center is available Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., for applicants who need help. Individuals should call 1-833-499-0318 or email [email protected] for more information.

Local 764 Wally Hall Fund

Members in good standing may take a loan of up to $3000.00 from the Local 764 Wally Hall Emergency Fund.  These loans are interest free for 18 months.  Please contact Julie Fernandez at [email protected] for more information.

Actors Fund

Local 764 has a Members Assistance Program that is administered by the Actors Fund.  Members should contact [email protected] for the social service resources provided through the 764 Membership Assistance Program.

For information and application to financial assistance provided through the Actors Fund, please visit their website here: https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

The Actors Fund works in conjunction with the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), and they coordinate grants to COVID-19 applicants.


Local 764 Members have access to the Mental Health resources provided by Behind the Scenes, which includes a peer-to-peer chat app, an Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, and other resources.  These resources may be shared with family members, and can assist you in reaching out to someone you are worried about.


If you are contacted by your employer to return to work, PLEASE CONTACT LOCAL 764!
For Leah Okin: [email protected]
For Frank Gallagher: [email protected]