Writing this message to all of you, it is difficult to know if it is even an appropriate wish—to be happy, to be thankful, to give when so many of you are so depleted right now–emotionally, physically, financially, or all of those ways. The holiday, like nearly everything in our lives right now is overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which likely will continue at least until the spring, when vaccines become generally available.
Yet Local 764 endures— each of us individually and as a union, and for that, I am grateful. We have been able to reduce expenses, tap into savings, and keep the office open, serving the members. Health benefits have been preserved. The Member Assistance Program has connected members who have specific financial and practical needs with services. Our Social Justice Task Force has begun a program of member education that will fuel an increased sense of inclusion, belonging, and equity in Local 764. The politically active among you are already phone-banking to Georgia, to try to help deliver a Democratic Senate to President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris. (And what about that election?! There is much to be thankful about in that outcome!) Toy Drive 2020 is underway, and the post office delivers packages to the office every day, earmarked for children living with HIV-AIDS, who have benefited from Local 764’s generosity for 25 years, now.
All of this is a practical articulation of our solidarity, strength, and perseverance as a union. So—Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you to each of you who, in your own way, help Local 764 to stay strong and resilient. I wish you moments of gratitude and joy this weekend, even in this dark time.
Patricia A. White
President Local 764
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Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends Podcast
The podcast episode of Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends is now live and available for everyone to hear.
Broadway supervisors Alyce Gilbert, Linda Lee, and Rick Kelly are the featured guests on this podcast this week.
You can listen to this episode of Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network. It is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and Spotify.
Social Justice Task Force: Next Training and Facilitation Announced
The next facilitated training session hosted by Local 764 and the BIPOC Steering Panel of the Social Justice Task Force will be on SUNDAY DECEMBER 13th at 11 am.
TRAININGS ARE POSTED ON THE SOCIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE Page on the Members’ Section of the Local 764 website www.ia764.org.
The next class is CONFRONTING RACISM, and the discussion will be on DECEMBER 13th at 11 am.
STEP ONE: Take the Training Online:
STEP TWO: Join the Discussion:
Join the Local 764 Social Justice Task Force and Facilitator Diana Robinson for discussion on this course and its impact for Local 764 and its members on DECEMBER 13th at 11 am.
STEP THREE: Encourage members to take the training!
These Online Trainings are available through LinkedIn Learning, and a LinkedIn Learning account is highly recommended. Accounts are FREE for all Local 764 members and you can apply for your account HERE.
DAY-PLAYING ON TELEVISION AND FILM
Saturday Dec 5th, 2-4pm
Instructors: Kimberly Baird and Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson
Working on the set of a tv show or film can be very different from working backstage in a theater: the terminology, procedures and responsibilities all may vary, even if the tasks are the same. The more you know the better you will be at your job, and stand out for all the right reasons!
Seasoned professionals Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson & Kimberly Baird will walk you through how to prepare for work, what to bring, how to decipher and understand call sheets, set etiquette and more. They will share their knowledge to help you feel ready to go on your very first day. PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] to register!
IATSE sister Local 8 has invited Local 764 members to participate in OSHA 10 classes.
To sign up for OSHA 10 class sponsored by Local 8, please sign up here: Iatse8.com/osha10
VOLUNTEER: PHONE BANK TO GEORGIA
The role that outreach, from volunteers like you, played in the outcome of the Presidential election cannot be overstated.
Both Senate races in Georgia will move to runoff elections and Local 764 has been told that volunteers are needed to phone bank as soon as possible. Phone banks are up and running now through January 4, 2021.
Trainings will be conducted each day (Monday – Friday) from 1:00pm – 2:00pm*
All volunteers must attend a training before phone banking.
The calling hours will be Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm EST and Saturday 12-3:00pm EST.
Phone banks will operate weekly through January 4, 2021.
If you are interested in volunteering please email me at [email protected] for next steps.
*There will be no training/phonebanks on November 25, 26, 27 & December 24, 25, 26
DECEMBER LOCAL 764 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
THE NEXT LOCAL 764 MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 17th AT 5 pm
Meeting Registration links will be sent out via email to the membership that week.
You must be in good standing to attend.
LOCAL 764 2020 TOY DRIVE
Local 764’s TOY DRIVE 2020 is a go this year! This is the 25th Anniversary of the Toy Drive, and we are excited to continue the tradition, with a few changes due to concerns for the health and safety of all.
From Toy Drive Chair Jim Collum:
“We have been faced with some very difficult obstacles in the 25 Years of our Local 764 Toy Drive: we have overcome the tech stock bubble, the destruction of 9/11, the Great Recession of 2007, and now we are faced with an unprecedented pandemic which has affected every avenue of our lives.
Throughout it all our members have lifted up our community and brought their collective generosity front and center. We have always achieved our goals of helping homeless children and their families living with HIV/AIDS each holiday season. This year we need your help as much as ever. Please, if you can, donate an unwrapped toy!”
Now through December 16th!WHAT:
UNWRAPPED Toys for children of all ages:
Teens and tweens are especially in need: sporting goods, crafting sets and drawing equipment all make good gifts. If you are giving an electronic toy, please include the necessary batteries! (PLEASE NOTE: Stuffed animals are not recommended due to the children’s’ immune deficiency.)
Local 764 Office:
545 W 45th Street 2nd Floor
New York City NY 10036
Housing Works Thrift Shop
143 West 17th Street
New York NY 10011
Drop them off in person at either location – just make sure to clearly label them LOCAL 764 TOY DRIVE if you drop them at Housing Works.
You may also order and have your gifts delivered directly to the Local 764 office!
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:
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.**
*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.
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.
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.
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.
Local 764 has a Members Assistance Program that is administered by the Actors Fund. Members should contact [email protected]nd.org 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.
Be Scene Be Heard App – Free for Local 764 Members:
RETURN TO WORK