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LOCAL 764 UPDATES MAY 4TH, 2020

Posted on May 4, 2020

LOCAL 764 5/1/2020 TOWN HALL RECORDING:

A link to the recording of the Local 764 online Member Town Hall is available on the Members’ section of the Local 764 website, www.ia764.org in a separate post.

This recording will be posted for two weeks. 

IATSE CARES:

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 IATSE CARES will be launching a new initiative of calling each and every IATSE member.

Please be aware that this initiative is in place!  Calls will come to numbers in the IATSE database and are being made by volunteers from many IATSE locals as friendly check in. Please feel free to contact Local 764 staff directly with any specific concerns or questions.

RESOURCES
 
LOCAL 764 WALLY HALL EMERGENCY FUND:
 
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 [email protected] for more information.

*** THE TRUSTEES OF THE WALLY HALL FUND HAVE EXTENDED THE INTEREST FREE PERIOD DUE TO THE COVID 19 CRISIS.  PLEASE CONTACT JULIE FERNANDEZ FOR MORE DETAILS ***
 
THE ACTORS FUND:
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:
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:
Behind the Scenes has started an initiative for the mental health and suicide prevention for Entertainment workers:
https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org/mental-health-and-suicide-prevention-initiative/

Join Local 764 and the AFL-CIO in making sure LABOR COUNTS in the 2020 Census!

@iatselocal764
#LaborCounts

What is the Census, and Why is it Important?

  • The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
  • Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress, as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.

What should I know?

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau has extended the self-response period through Oct. 31.
  • Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted.
  • Self-response is quick, easy and can be done online, by phone or by mail.
  • Residents can self-respond to the census online at my2020census.gov or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020, or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.
  • Households do not need an ID code to respond to the census online or by phone.
  • If you make a mistake or forget to count household members on your census questionnaire, you can correct it by calling the Census Bureau at 301-763-INFO (4636) or 1-800-923-8282, or going online at my2020census.gov and entering the information without the code. This is called non-ID response, and when the Census Bureau receives these, it has back-end processing that will assemble a complete record for each household and delete duplicates.
  • Taking action by self-responding to the census is critical, given that the Census Bureau has had to suspend all field operations.
  • As we face this public health crisis, participating in the census now helps secure future funding for our communities.  
  • Census participation will help ensure our communities get their fair share of funding for schools, hospitals, and other education and health programs we need for strong families.
  • The census is the foundation of our democracy, fortifying the strength our society requires to meet such extraordinary situations as the one we face today. Accurately understanding our population helps us rise to the occasion in moments like these.
  • Public health experts, government officials and first responders all rely on population data to make critical decisions in crises like COVID-19.

Responding to the census is a way for residents to do their part in maintaining the functionality of our government and society, as population data will be pertinent during our recovery from this public health crisis.

POLITICAL ACTIVISM:

The IATSE has launched a campaign regarding the next wave of legislation around COVID-19, to make sure it continues to and expands help for entertainment workers.  
Below is the link to sign the letter, and information about the lobby!

SIGN THE LETTER (the letter is a SAMPLE letter, written as an example by the Political Department of the IATSE.  You can either sign on to it, or you can create your own messaging within the letter, specifying that you are a wardrobe person, costumer, tailor, dresser, etc.  Be creative – but make sure we keep the message of what we, as an Entertainment Community, wish to achieve!)

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/must-haves-for-entertainment-workers-in-subsequent-covid-19-legislation

Congress has begun to pursue additional federal legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment industry will continue to be disproportionately impacted by this health crisis and we need to ensure that that subsequent COVID-19 legislation puts workers first. We must act now and urge our representatives to include the following priorities in any subsequent legislation:

· Make sure workers in all states have access to COVID-19 relief by demanding that states ramp up and improve their unemployment claim processing.

· Preserve workers’ healthcare and ensure that no-one loses their benefits by passing a 100 percent COBRA premium subsidy to keep families insured on their job-based healthcare plan and extend eligibility to 36 months.

· Extend the “CARES” Act’s unemployment insurance provisions for as long as the health crisis persists.

· Allow all nonprofits fair access to the government economic support in the Paycheck Protection Program – including labor unions, the staffs of which are providing vital assistance to members around the clock and face the same hardships that small businesses face.

· Protect the healthy pension plans and earned pension checks of entertainment workers by allowing multiemployer plans to implement policies that safeguarded pensions after the Great Recession, such as freezing zone status, smoothing investment losses, and doing no harm to healthy pension plans.

· Update the Qualified Performing Artist tax deduction, allowing creative professionals to keep more of our hard-earned money by deducting necessary business expenses from their taxes, now due in July.

· Provide direct economic support for organizations in the arts, entertainment, and media industries with appropriate workforce restoration requirements to get people back to work when it is safe to do so.

· And finally, we must protect entertainment workers still performing essential work in news media and converting facilities into temporary field hospitals by requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard.

VOLUNTEERISM

CENTER FOR THE BLIND:
Visions at Selis Manor, the Center for the Blind on 23rd street (between 7th & 6th Avenues) has reached out to Local 764 with the need of 500 masks for their residents. 
These masks need to be made with a button on the side, to accommodate the residents.   
Any one interested in helping out in this initiative should contact Pat White at [email protected].

URBAN RESOURCE INSTITUTE:
The Urban Resource Institute is still looking for masks, particularly children’s masks, for their residents!
Contact the Local 764 office for the pattern, or contact URI directly at [email protected].

Urban Resource Institute is the largest domestic violence shelter network in the country, right here in our backyard. COVID-19 has affected this city in more ways than can be counted to ensure that the health and safety populations are intact. Urban Resource Institute has an immediate need of cloth masks for our staff and residents to keep them safe and healthy while continuing to provide shelter to some of New York’s most vulnerable populations.

ENCORE SENIOR CENTER
ENCORE VOLUNTEER SOS TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS:
To volunteer with Encore Community Services please contact Gigi Verkaik [email protected] or to volunteer contact Jennifer Asquino [email protected]
While many businesses have been forced to shutter, Encore Community Services has remained open for take-out lunch and home delivered meal service for seniors.  Meals are delivered to homebound seniors up and down the west side.
At this time Encore is in urgent need of Volunteers to do the following: 

  • Help deliver and pack meals (Weekday mornings and afternoons)
  • Licensed drivers with vehicles (Weekday mornings) 
  • Trained cooks and professional kitchen staff to help prepare meals (Weekday mornings) 

In addition, we have started Telephone Wellness Check-ins and need volunteers to help make check-in phone calls to senior citizens. Calls can be made between the hours of 10:30am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.  This task will require an initial orientation and follow-up trainings may be required.
Seniors who cannot shop are in need of: Toilet Paper and Paper Towels, Household Cleaning Supplies, Sanitizing Wipes, Antibacterial hand soap.
To prepare food/partner/donate, please contact Gigi Verkaik [email protected] or to volunteer contact Jennifer Asquino [email protected]

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Local 764 of any of the products, services, activities or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. Local 764 cannot vouch for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

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