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Local 764 Update August 23, 2021

Posted on August 23, 2021

Below is information on:

  • Live Events Update: Virtual Town Hall Scheduled Tuesday September 7th
  • TVMP Update: New Return to Work Agreement 
  • SAVE THE DATE from the Social Justice Task Force
  • Finding help with Rent and Utilities 
  • Union Plus: Union’s Power America Contest

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

Live Events Town Hall:
Tuesday September 7th at 3:30 pm

On Tuesday September 7th at 3:30 pm there will be a Virtual Town Hall for members who work on Live Events, to discuss reopening protocols and policy.

This Town Hall will be on GoToWebinar, and you must register in advance.

Registration links will be emailed to the membership on Wednesday, September 1st.

Please note that the Broadway League Return to Work agreement can be found on the members section of the Local 764 website under the heading “Contracts”.

Please email Martha Smith for questions about registration and the GoToWebinar platform at [email protected].

Many shows are still in the process of developing their specific protocols and testing schedules. If you have questions about the protocols please contact Leah Okin at [email protected].
Please also continue to forward any documents that you receive from the production, theatre or employer to Leah Okin at [email protected] .

TVMP Update: Extension of the Motion Picture Return to Work Agreement

The IATSE, Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, DGA and Operating Engineers have update and expanded the Return To Work Agreement with the AMPTP.

The Agreement, and a Summary of the Agreement are available on the Local 764 Website (www.ia764.org) in both the Contracts and COVID-19 Safety Sections.  You can also request a copy from the office.  

This document is in effect through September 30th, with the ability to be extended.  Local 764 will update the membership with news of any extensions or changes to this agreement.

Please contact Frank Gallagher for more information at [email protected].

Job Openings

The Metropolitan Opera is accepting resumes to fill per diem positions for the 2021-2022 Season

Individuals are needed on a part-time/temporary basis to fill the following positions:
Wardrobe Department:

  • Dressers

If you are interested please send a cover letter and resume to Jason Bray, Head of the Wardrobe Department [email protected]
Costume Shop:

  • Costume Makers (Machine Stitchers) Please note – Industrial Machine experience is required.
  • Hand Finishers

If you are interested please send a cover letter and resume to Robert Bulla, Head Costumer [email protected]
These positions are covered by the agreement between Local 764 and the Metropolitan Opera.  Workers who have not yet returned to their regular positions are encouraged to apply and note their current availability.

The Metropolitan Opera will make all decisions regarding hiring.

New York City Ballet is still accepting resumes for stitchers and Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor

Please click here to see job descriptions (also posted on the Local 764 website).

If you are interested please send a cover letter and resume to Jarod Lewis, NYCB Costume Shop Manager – [email protected]

The New York City Ballet will make all decisions regarding hiring.

SAVE THE DATE: Local 764 Social Justice Task Force

The Local 764 Social Justice Task Force is sponsoring two events this September,so please save the date(s)!

Starting Monday, September 6th (Labor Day!) and ending Sunday, September 26th, Local 764 will be doing a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge.  This challenge was curated by the IATSE Education Department in collaboration with the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee of the IATSE.  

Members are welcome to complete the challenge on their own, and encouraged to share the challenge with their workplaces.  The entire challenge will be available on the Local 764 Website, and with daily postings of each day’s challenge.  You can find the complete resource list HERE.

Save the Date for a ON-LINE NETWORKING EVENT, connecting Supervisors with Wardrobe Workers, Dressers, Costumers and Stitchers!    

We will be sending the invite link to the membership (and posting it on the website!) the first week of September!


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 thatcan help New Yorkers with their applications.  

The AFL-CIO has also partnered with state and local organizations and put this information out to its affiliates:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has an Emergency Rental Assistance program. The funds are being distributed by state and local organizations to their communities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a tool to find a program in your community.

You don’t have to be behind on rent to get assistance. Some programs offer help with future rent. programs may also offer help with utility bills and moving costs.

Find your local program and apply for rental assistance now.

Moratorium Updates: On August 3, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control issued an order extending the federal ban on certain residential evictions until October 3, 2021—this order applies in New York City and other counties with substantial and high transmission rates of COVID-19. The New York State ban on evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the effects of the pandemic extends until August 31, 2021. The State’s moratorium that prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities to residential households and small businesses that are struggling with their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic extends until December 22, 2021.   


From Union Plus –
Enter yourself or a colleague to win $15,000: the contest closes this Sunday, August 22nd!

In Memoriam:  
Richard Trumka AFL-CIO President

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO died suddenly on August 5th, 2021. The AFL-CIO Executive Board is scheduled to meet soon to decide on who will fill the remainder of his term. 
Liz Schuler, who at press time is the Secretary/Treasurer of the AFL-CIO is acting as interim President, sent the below message to Local Unions and affiliates the day of President Trumka’s death:

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our brother and leader Rich Trumka passed away this morning at the age of 72. He was doing what he loved, spending time with his family, celebrating his grandson’s birthday. 
Rich was a legend, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. Rich loved workers. And he knew there was nothing more powerful than workers standing together for a better life. 
If you ever watched Rich at a rally or on a picket line, his face would light up with excitement and hope. He never forgot who he was working for. He never forgot who he was fighting for. America’s working people were his guiding light for more than 50 years. 
Rich believed in the power and possibilities of state feds and CLCs. That’s why he made unprecedented investments in your infrastructure. That’s why he held calls with you every week. He saw you as partners, and that will continue. 
He also understood the importance of the power of a unified labor movement. At the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention, he reminded us: “That’s what our movement has always been about—we’re in this movement for workers and our families. That’s why I fought for a better and more secure life for coal miners and why I ran for office. It is what drives me today.  Our labor movement is more unified, more focused, more fiscally sound…because of the work we’ve done together. Now we’re ready to write the next chapter. Because no matter what we hear from the naysayers, we ain’t done yet.”
We are not done yet. Rich would never allow it. 
Now more than ever, we must come together, as one federation, to carry out the mission Rich devoted his life to. That’s how we honor his legacy. 
In solidarity, 

Request a Job Site Visit Online

Local 764 has set up a regular testing schedule for its Business Representatives and other key staff in order to facilitate visits to shows, sets, and job sites.

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.

You may also call or email the office to set up your visit!

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


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


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 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.


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.


Be Scene Be Heard App – Free for Local 764 Members:


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]