Updates from Local 764

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LOCAL 764 UPDATE SATURDAY APRIL 24TH, 2021

Posted on April 26, 2021

Below is information on:

  • Local 764 Elections
  • Local 764 Statement Against Violence perpertrated against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community
  • BYSTANDER TRAINING Reminder
  • PRO ACT: Activism and Information
  • Workers Memorial Day
  • Local 764 May Meeting Announcement

From Past Emails:

  • Online Job Site Visit Requests
  • OSHA Classes through IATSE Local 8 and the IATSE International
  • Be Scene Be Heard Mental Health App
  • MPTV COVID 19 Training
  • Other useful links

Local 764 Elections: Ballots to be mailed April 29th

Nominations for the Office of Secretary/Treasurer, Trustee and Delegate to the IATSE convention were held at the April 22nd Local 764 Regular membership Meeting.  
The Election Committee has met to determine candidate eligibility, and has contacted all the candidates. 

A dedicated email with candidate information will be sent next week (candidates have until 9 am Monday April 26th to give the Election Committee a photo and statement, as per the Local 764 Constitution).

Ballots will be mailed out next week, by April 29th.  Your ballot must be received by May 20th, 2021.  Results will be announced at the May 20th Local 764 Regular Membership Meeting.  You must be in good standing for your vote to be counted.

VOTE!

For any questions, please contact Election Committee Chair Vangeli Kaseluris at [email protected]

Contact the Election Committee

Local 764 Statement Against Violence perpetrated against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community

At the Local 764 Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 21st the Membership paused for a moment of silence remembering the Asian Pacific American women workers killed by gun violence in Atlanta.  At the same meeting, the membership unanimously voted to donate to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. You can learn more about this organization here: https://www.aaldef.org/.
Sadly, since that day, disgusting acts of reprehensible violence against innocent Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) people have continued, with new crimes committed right on the streets and subways of New York City, where many of us go every day. AAPI New Yorkers, including some of our own Local 764 members are increasingly afraid to walk down the street, are concerned for the safety of their elderly parents and relatives, and are filled with an ominous sadness and disillusionment with society’s commitment to their safety. These horrible incidents have been happening all-too-frequently since the beginning of the pandemic.
Local 764 members have collaborated on the below statement, which was read aloud at the April Membership Meeting.

Local 764 strongly condemns the fatal attack in Georgia on the mostly female workers of AAPI descent.  Our solidarity goes out to the families and loved ones.  We further condemn the many other tragic and disgusting attacks on Asian Pacific people here in New York, and all over our country. Acts of hatred cripple our whole human family. Racist, xenophobic, and hate-fueled actions and attacks have no place in our society. As a Union, we recognize that workplaces, especially, should be places where workers feel safe.  It is the right of all people to be safe, respected, seen and protected. 
This week, the U.S. Senate voted on a bill that would, among other things, create a new position at Justice Department to expedite the review of hate crimes related to the coronavirus pandemic, expand public channels to report such crimes, and require the department to issue guidance to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the pandemic. The White House also announced that Erika L. Moritsugu will serve in a new position as Deputy Assistant to the President and liaison to the A.A.P.I. community, and has issued a comprehensive initiative to battle these hate crimes: the https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/30/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-additional-actions-to-respond-to-anti-asian-violence-xenophobia-and-bias/ .  these are important, positive steps.

But we cannot leave this work only to politicians. As citizens we must be allies to all who are subjected to violence: physical, verbal, or emotional. This means that each of us needs to do more and learn more about how to be in solidarity with our kin when they are being threatened.  I urge every Local 764 member to commit to standing up for your AAPI kin and standing up against hate. Please do not turn a blind eye if you see or hear evidence of racism–be willing to call it out, call for help, be an ally. We cannot just shake our heads or turn a blind eye—we must face both racism and also our own weakness and fear in speaking up. We must each do something.
Please educate yourself, so that you are able both to keep yourself safe and intervene in a safe and meaningful way to stop incidents of hate if you see them.  Local 764 members have access to a range of educational videos on anti-racism that may be accesses through free subscriptions to LinkedIn Learning (apply for a free account here: https://www.iatsetrainingtrust.org/lil ). The Local 764 Social Justice Task Force offers monthly Anti-Racism trainings. The Asian American Federation publishes a free online guide, “Stay Safe: How to Protect Yourself in Threatening Situations”. https://mailchi.mp/aafederation/aaf-landing-page  Printed in English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, it contains short, useful tips for every person, including:

  • Advice on communicating calmly and de-escalate tense situations
  • Easy techniques to defend yourself physically
  • Instruction for everyone on how to protect others using bystander intervention methods.

As long as weakness, prejudice, and fear lead people to inflict injustice and suffering on others, we must stand up in solidarity and fight back.  Each person taking a small step is a start. Until this is true for all of us, none of us are truly free. 

PRO ACT: Protect the Right to Organize

As discussed at the April Local 764 Membership Meeting:

The IATSE Political/Legislative Department and Education & Training Department on Thursday, April 29 at 1:00pm EDT for an informational webinar on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act that will conclude with a Congressional call to action for participants.

Outdated labor laws have hampered our fundamental right to join together and negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act will empower America’s workers and make our economy work for working people. Find out about this important bill and what you can do to get it passed.

This webinar is open to all IATSE members and allies.
Register here: http://iatse.co/proactwebinar

Contact Your Senator Here

Workers Memorial Day

As Discussed at the April 22nd Membership Meeting:

April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day (Workers’ Memorial Day in the U.S.A./ National Day of Mourning in Canada).  It is more important than ever to commemorate the toll of job injuries, illnesses, and deaths; mobilize to pass the PRO Act so more workers can form unions and have a voice on the job; strengthen workers’ rights and protections; and demand resources and actions needed for job safety enforcement.

This year, as always, the labor movement will defend the right of every worker to a safe job, and fight until that promise is fulfilled.

The victims who have been killed or harmed in the workplace, and their families deserve our support and prayers. On Friday, April 28 the IATSE International Moment of Silence, commemorating International Workers’ Memorial Day will be observed. Workers and Locals are asked to pause at work, their local offices, or where-ever they are and stop for a moment of silence along with International IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb, to remember all who we have lost, and rededicate ourselves to the fight.  All are welcome.
https://iatse.co/2021momentofsilence 

To commemorate Workers Memorial and remember the Local 764 Members we have lost over the past year, Local 764 will partner with the Local 764 Pension, Annuity, and 401(k) Funds in a campaign to make sure all Local 764 Members have their beneficiary forms correctly filed with the Fund Offices.  

Please look out for a dedicated email from Local 764 next week!

MAY LOCAL 764 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

THE NEXT LOCAL 764 MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE ON
THURSDAY May 20th AT 6:00 pm

RESULTS OF THE LOCAL 764 ELECTIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED

Request a Job Site Visit Online

Due to COVID-19, Local 764 Business Representatives must comply with individual production testing requirements when visiting members on their jobs sites. To facilitate this, Local 764 has set up a regular testing schedule for its Business Representatives.

In answer to requests by members, an online sign up form has been created to help members schedule routine visits during COVID-19 on the Members’ section of the Local 764 website.  You can find this request for under the “Job Site Visits” tab on the Main Menu.

Routine visits can be set up for Mondays and Thursdays.

The purpose of this form is to facilitate routine visits only.  If you need a Representative to visit in an emergency, or have an immediate need on set, please contact a Local 764 Business Representative directly:

Frank Gallagher: [email protected]
Leah Okin: [email protected]

OSHA 10 CLASSES

Both Local 8 of the IATSE and the IATSE International have open opportunities for  Local 764 members to take Online OSHA 10 Classes.

To inquire about OSHA 10 Classes with Union Kin from Local 8 (Philadelphia PA), please got to https://www.iatse8.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/form_page.cfm&formID=105265 to sign up!

Be Scene Be Heard App

SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE EMOTIONAL WELLNESS APP! Local 764’s landing page is LIVE – sign up for a free subscription to the Behind the Scenes Peer to Peer Chat App from iRel8!

Local 764 is making this emotional wellness tool free to our members.

The link below will take you to Local 764’s landing page to register.  Download the app, and check your email for a password that will allow you to log and start using the app for free!

The app is anonymous – you do not have to identify yourself as a Local 764 member after the initial log-in process.  Local 764 will not be given any access to members log in or information.

For some Local 764 members, the app may be a way to reach out to others to get fresh ideas and resources to navigate challenging and stressful times at work and home.  For others, it may be a way to help others meet these challenges. For all, we hope this provides a way to foster our community and help each other in a safe space.
https://irel8.org/local764/

Be Scene Be Heard App

MPTV COVID 19 TRAINING

The IATSE Training Trust Fund, in partnership with the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund, is providing the online C19 – COVID-19 Prevention Training that your employer may require to return to work.

This link is available on the Members’ Section of the Local 764 Website under the COVID-19 SAFETY tab on the menu.

**Please note this course is NOT in your TTF Safety First! account.**

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-FfTRGUTOP5_-TlyysAE3LPgBsKPBuscU5gZ4ocY4Xqr9ug/viewform
 
*If you already have a TTF portal account for the A, A2, and HP1 (or HP2*) courses, you do not need complete this application. The C19 course is available in your existing portal account.

RESOURCES

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.

BEHIND THE SCENES: 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.

https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org/mental-health-and-suicide-prevention-initiative/

Be Scene Be Heard App – Free for Local 764 Members:
https://irel8.org/local764/

RETURN TO WORK

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]