IATSE Local 706 Members –
The International has been diligently pursuing federal legislation to provide emergency economic support for IATSE members who are facing the loss of income and benefits due to the postponement or cancellation of expected work because of coronavirus.
Below is a call to action that the entire IATSE U.S. membership received this afternoon. We urgently need your help in advocating for this important federal assistance in the next economic relief package that is currently being drafted by Congress. We have launched an email campaign for IATSE members to contact their Members of Congress directly on this issue in just a few minutes.
I ask you to please amplify the below email with your Local membership and urge them to tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in the coronavirus relief package. You may also use this link to the email campaign in your own personalized outreach: <https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-to-include-displaced-workers-in-relief-package?source=direct_link&.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
815 16th Street, NW | Suite 6028 | Washington, DC 20006
Office: (202) 508-3720 | Cell: (443) 496-1136
Sisters, Brothers, Kin—
As you know, entertainment workers are being uniquely impacted by the coronavirus. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was passed by the House of Representatives Saturday, is a good start to providing relief to workers. However, the provisions on the table for emergency paid leave benefits won’t apply to displaced entertainment workers because of the requirements for days worked on a job to qualify.
Entertainment workers shouldn’t be collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19. We need a special Emergency Coronavirus Economic Support Benefit geared to include workers who have a bona fide, good faith offer to work that gets canceled due to the coronavirus.