Updates from Local 764

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LOCAL 764 UPDATE TUESDAY JUNE 29TH 2021

Posted on June 29, 2021

Below is information on:

  • Broadway Update: Townhall TODAY at 3:30 pm
  • The Center Partnership
  • NEA Call to Action: Fund the Arts
  • Local 764 Fall Membership Meetings
  • Update from the Social Justice Task Force
  • NYS Reopening Update
  • NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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

Broadway Town Hall: Today at 3:30 pm

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting:

The IATSE and the Broadway Locals have been in negotiations regarding Return-to-Work protocols that will affect all IATSE Locals.  Additionally, Local 764’s collective bargaining agreement is also up for negotiation.

Today (Tuesday June 29th) at 3:30 pm there will be a Town Hall for members who had worked or are currently working under the Broadway League Agreement.

Please email Martha Smith for the registration link at [email protected].

The Center: RISEOUT Partnership

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting:

Local 764 has become a Partner with the Center in their RiseOut initiative.  RiseOut represents a shared vision of justice and equity for the future of the LGBTQ community in New York State, and is collaborating with community leaders to:

  • Advance Equity & Inclusion for Transgender & Gender Nonconforming People
  • Increase Access to Affirming Mental Health Services
  • Promote Restorative Justice Principles
  • Ensure LGBTQ Visibility & Affirmation
  • Demand Economic Justice

The Center is located at 208 W 13th Street and its mission is to empower New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community to lead healthy, successful lives.  The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.

To take an active role in this partnership and the RiseOut imitative, please contact Vangeli Kaseluris at [email protected]

NEA Call to Action: Fund the Arts

President Biden’s proposed FY2022 budget includes $201 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This proposed increase of $33.5 million would be a record-high for the agency if enacted by Congress.

The House Appropriations subcommittees have begun meeting to mark up and advance their respective FY2022 spending bills. We must now urge Congress to approve the President’s proposed funding levels for the federal arts agencies.

Please help in amplifying IATSE’s joint Congressional letter writing campaign with Actors’ Equity.

SEND YOUR LETTER HERE

You can simply use the template letter provided, or make it your own!

As the union behind entertainment, we know that funding for the arts directly impacts job growth and work for our skilled craftspeople. Federal arts agencies – like the National Endowment for the Arts – support working families, bolster local economies, and ensure all Americans have access to the arts and entertainment.

Let’s once again use our collective voice to ensure that Congress hears us on this critical issue.

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-members-of-congress-support-president-budget-nea?source=direct_link&referrer=group-political-list https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-members-of-congress-support-president-budget-nea?source=direct_link&referrer=group-political-list
Send Your Letter Here

Local 764 Fall Membership Meetings

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting:

Permission for Local 764 to have on-line Membership Meetings must be granted by the IATSE.  As of June, 2021 permission has been granted through August of 2021. 

In an abundance of caution, Local 764 will schedule the Fall Membership Meetings (September, October and November) at the Westin Hotel on 43rd Street, to accomodate members in a larger space.  
Details of the membership meetings will be sent out in advance, over the summer.
The Fall meeting dates are below:

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at 10 am
Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 2:30 pm

SAVE THE DATE:
ACTORS FUND WORKSHOP for 764 MEMBERS

WEDNESDAY JULY 7th

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting:

Next Wednesday, July 7th, the Actors Fund will be hosting a Workshop for Local 764 Members Centering around support for those working and returning to work, post-pandemic.  
More information will be emailed to the Membership and posted on the Local 764 Website when we receive it from the Actors Fund!

Update from the Social Justice Task Force

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting:

The Local 764 BIPOC Steering Committee will be meeting throughout the summer to plan programing around Racial Equity and Understanding. 

Stay tuned for updates on new training sessions, networking opportunities, activism opportunities and challenges to stay connected and contribute to our culture of continuous learning and understanding.

NYS Reopening Update from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)

As discussed at the Local 764 June Membership Meeting: 

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced that most of the remaining NYS COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Over 70% of New Yorkers aged 18 or older across the state have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series marking a tremendous milestone in our collective fight against the coronavirus.  

As of June 15, the State’s New York Forward industry guidance on capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and gathering contact information for tracing purposes are optional in most commercial settings. The industry guidelines for  Media Production, Food Services, and more are now archived on the State’s website. NOTE: The industry guidance and social gathering limits continue to apply to Large-Scale Venues (which are now defined as indoor venues that hold more than 5,000 attendees) per Executive Order 202-111. If required by New York State, businesses must complete an online notification form at least five days before a large indoor event.

Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear face coverings and social distance. New York State adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, which relaxes the masking and social distancing requirements for “fully vaccinated” people in most locations, except Pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and healthcare settings. 

NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP)

The NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) began accepting applications on June 1. Eligible low and moderate-income households can get up to 12 months of their back rent paid, three months of future rent, and other assistance. There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program. NYC’s Human Resources Administration website offers information about the program, as well as a list of organizations that can help New Yorkers with their applications.  

SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THE SEPTMEBER LOCAL 764 MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE ON
THURSDAY SEPTMEBER 23 AT 2:30 pm
This meeting will be in-person and will be held at the Westin Hotel on 43rd Street.  Details will be announced throughout the summer.

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.

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!

On February 22-24 the IATSE Training Trust will host a distance learning OSHA10/General Safety Conference.

For more information or to download the application click on the link below:
OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety | Distance Learning Video Conference — IATSE Training Trust Fund

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/

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]