COVID-19: Member Resources & Updates

21 November 2020

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U.S. Coronavirus Tracking Map (USA Today, 11/13/2020)

Track coronavirus outbreaks across the US and in your state with daily updated maps, total cases and deaths.

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise nationwide, some states are halting phased reopening plans or imposing new coronavirus-related restrictions

Return to Work Agreement Summary (Spanish) (11/3/2020)

Our friends at Local 494 in Puerto Rico have translated the summary of the Return to Work Agreement released in mid-October. Read the summary in Spanish here

#SaveLiveEventsNow Campaign (10/27/2020)

The IATSE has partnered with the Save Live Events Now campaign, joining our collective voices with entertainment workers, talent, employers, venues, and others “to save the people who power American live events and culture.” Learn more here.

UPDATED: CDC COVID-19 Guidelines (Oct. 21)

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Read the CDC's latest updates on COVID-19 here.

COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement FAQs (10/15/2020)

Local 600 has put together a list of frequently asked questions concerning the recent COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement with the DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and Teamsters/Basic Crafts. Read the full list of FAQs here.

Contract Services COVID-19 Updates (10/7/2020)

Contract Services has updated their COVID-19 Response information on their site. You can read the full list of updates here

Industry-Wide Safety Protocols for Returning to Work (9/21/2020)

The IATSE, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters, Laborers and Assorted Crafts have reached an agreement with the AMPTP on Industry-Wide Safety Protocols for a return to work in the era of COVID-19. For the first time ever, the unions and guilds bargained together, and these protocols and the agreement reflect the priorities and input of all the organizations and their members.

Read the full Agreement here
Read the Summary here



Unemployment Information

Local 600 Unemployment Insurance Assistance Contacts (4/3/2020)

Local 600 Business Reps and staff are here to assist you and answer questions you might have about applying for Unemployment Insurance in your state. 

Local 600 Unemployment Insurance Assistance Contacts

Local 600 Step-by-Step Guides to Filing for Unemployment (PDFs)

Eastern Region

Central Region

Western Region

Unemployment Links

DGA's Unemployment Insurance and Benefits Chart (4/21/2020)
Government support for creative professionals impacted by COVID-19.

How to Access Information on "Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUA)" (Updated, 4/20/2020)

US Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak (4/6/2020)
Find your state's Unemployment Insurance site on this page. 

US Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (4/5/2020)

Federal and State Resources for Workers Impacted by the COVID-19 Outbreak (3/31/2020)
Select your state below to find unemployment insurance benefit resources and related information for workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Certify or Not Certify? (3/24/2020)
If you are considering certifying for the week to receive an unemployment check on Friday, please check out this Unemployment Insurance assistance provided by our sisters and brothers at IATSE Local 479.

SAG-AFTRA UI Insurance and Benefits Resource
Our brothers and sisters at SAG-AFTRA have compiled a comprehensive database of all the state's Unemployment Insurance and Benefits sites

National Association of State Workforce Agencies' Updates on UI
Additionally, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) has compiled this list of sites (again, organized by state) that highlight the latest updates on Unemployment Insurance and Benefits across the nation. 

The National Employment Law Project's Chart on UI Protections
The National Employment Law Project has created a helpful chart detailing the Unemployment Insurance protections taken, state by state, in response to COVID-19. has UI information broken down by state. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to find your state's Unemployment Benefits site. This site also breaks down what each state requires of you (documents, data, etc.) before you apply.

Eastern Region


District of Columbia (DC)



New Jersey

New York

North Carolina


Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Central Region

Unemployment Benefits and Insurance information by state (3/17/2020)







Western Region





New Mexico






Entertainment Industry Resources

The Actors Fund
Questions related to MPI, disability support, quality of life resources, social security benefits, unemployment insurance, worker's comp, and retirement planning should now be directed to our dedicated representative at The Actors Fund, Emily Lerner Garlick at or (323) 330-2417. 

The Actors Fund Mental Health

Local 600 Hardship Fund

Members seeking financial assistance may also apply for the Local 600 Hardship Fund, administered by The Actors Fund. Once they receive the application, The Actors Fund will reach out to you to continue the process. 

Donate to the Local 600 Hardship Fund
Apply for the Local 600 Hardship Fund


MPI Coronavirus Update (7/31/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (6/25/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (5/19/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (5/14/2020)
IAP Hardship Withdrawal (4/2020)
Kaiser Permanente Telehealth (4/27/2020)
MPI COVID-19 Special Eligibility Hours Extension FAQs (4/15/2020)
2020 COBRA Monthly Rates (4/14/2020)
MPI's Summary of Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (4/10/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (4/10/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (3/27/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (3/12/2020)
FYI from MPI - Coronavirus Update

Therapy Helplines

A new counseling service to connect entertainment industry workers with therapists:  

Now offering online counseling

The Motion Picture Television Fund intake line (323-634-3888) is open. They address wide and varied requests from both working and retired members of the entertainment community. If you or an industry friend need help, give MPTF a chance to listen to your story and determine how and where they can make life better for you. 

UCLA Health and MPTF Health Centers Will Re-Open (5/11/2020)

MPTF COVID-19 Update (3/31/2020)

First Entertainment Credit Union
FECU branch lobbies are currnently closed. During this time, online services and ATM networks across the nation are available to you 24/7, and fee free. You can always bank from home safely, make your deposits via the Mobile App and/or call to speak with one of their representatives at (888) 800-3328. At this time, FECU is offering:

  • Zero interest emergency loans up to $5,000
  • Eliminating all foreign ATM fees, including reimbursing those charged by the other financial institutions
  • Increased access to check deposits made via mobile deposit

First Entertainment Credit Union COVID-19 Update (3/18/2020)

LinkedIn Learning (LiL)
Membership is free for IA members and those who work under IATSE contracts. The Training Trust Fund is ready for an uptick in sign ups so encourage your members to register! In addition the newsletter today highlights various online craft classes including AVIXA, Safety First, and through LinkedIn Learning. Click here for more information.

Entertainment Partners

EP Business Continuity Preparedness (3/10/2020)

Union Plus
If your family has been directly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit the Hardship Help section.

EIDO-ED Offering Free Online Lectures to Local 600 Members (4/7/2020)
The first lecture on Thursday, April 9 at 11:00 am will be open to the first 100 members who sign up.

The IATSE National Benefit Funds 

Benhind the Scenes
The Behind the Scenes charity issues grants to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury that may be used for basic living, medical or funeral expenses. 

Therapist Finder (in partnership with HealthPro)

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative

IATSE Women's Committee Resource List (4/20/2020)

Financial Assistance


Resources By Region


Local 600's Eastern Region Resources Guide (4/6/2020)

District of Columbia (DC)



New Jersey

New Jersey residents can call the NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-962-1253 OR 1-800-222-1222 for updated COVID-19 information.

New York

Local Resources

Over 400 NYC Schools locations offer three free meals Monday to Friday. Kids pick up 7:30 am—11:30 am. Adults pick up 11:30 am—1:30 pm. Text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find a location.  


Puerto Rico

Triple-S Benefits During COVID-19



Local 600 Central Region Resources (4/13/2020)


Local Resources

Georgia COVID-19 hotline: 844-442-2681 

creATL Relief Fund (6/30/2020)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced applications are now open for the creATL Relief Fund to support Atlanta’s independent creative workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants may receive $1,000 each to support essential financial obligations such as food, housing, utilities, medical expenses, and transportation costs affected by project cancellations and other pandemic-related disruptions.

Apply for creATL Relief Fund grants here

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has launched their new “Text for Help" SMS platform to assist those who need access to food during the current crisis of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Text “FINDFOOD” for responses in English or “COMIDA” for responses in Spanish to 888-976-2232 to get locations near you.



Local Resources

Chicago Cinema Workers Fund (4/14/2020)

AgeOptions supports services and programs that make it possible for older adults to live independently in their homes and communities in the Chicago area. At this time, if you know of someone in need of meals, transportation, or telephone reassurance, please visit their site. 








Leadership Support for Entertainment Worker Relief

California IATSE Council (CIC) and Entertainment Union Coalition (EUC) Letters to CA Governor Newsom Concerning Entertainment Worker Relief (3/19/2020):

California IATSE Council (CIC) Letters to CA Congressional Leaders for Entertainment Worker Inclusion in Federal Relief Legislation (3/18/2020):


Notify LA Those in the Los Angeles area can sign up to receive text and email updates on COVID-19.

Local Resources

LA CARES for Essential Workers (9/29/2020)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the City of Los Angeles have dedicated part of their CARES Act funding to provide child care services (vouchers) for essential workers and low-income working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles County Free COVID-19 Testing Locations (6/9/2020)

CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency's Chart on Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 (3/19/2020)
This link has a chart detailing what employees are entitled to. The purpose of this information is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.

Los Angeles Resources Available (3/19/2020)
This is a crowd-sourced guide to local services available during COVID-19, covering government benefits, worker, housing, low-income resources, entertainment, education, best practices, etc. It is not an IATSE-generated document.

Project Angel Food (3/20/2020)
Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness and compromised immune systems - exactly the sort of people at greatest risk from Coronavirus. Right now, they’re urgently working to secure three weeks worth of shelf-stable meals to provide for their clients in the face of the COVID-19 emergency, and could really use your help.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles (3/20/2020)
United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides housing, education, and economic opportunities to those impacted by poverty and homelessness. They’ve just launched their Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered.



New Mexico





Safety on Set



Helping Those in Need

IATSE C.A.R.E.S. (4/1/2020)

IATSE C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service) is a new initiative designed to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and/or disabled members during the COVID-19 crisis. This website will also be used to provide information about future Mutual Aid efforts from the IATSE.

American Red Cross

Critical Need For Blood and Platelets (Nationwide)
Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Make an appointment here

Volunteers Needed (Nationwide)
The Red Cross need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this Coronavirus health crisis. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed disaster services to your community. They even have a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available. Sign up to volunteer here

Food Distribution Volunteers Needed (Los Angeles)
The Red Cross is looking for 160 Food Distribution Volunteers per day to serve at 50+ distribution sites across the county. Sign up to volunteer here


Feeding America (4/28/2020)

Find your local food bank and help support them in these uncertain times. The Feeding America food bank network serves over 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs across the United States. 

Find your local food bank and donate here

New York City: CityMeals on Wheels (4/1/2020)

As the designated emergency responder for New York City’s seniors, Citymeals is preparing 300,000 meals in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Help us guarantee a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals during this crisis – more than 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers are relying on your generosity.

Donate here

Los Angeles: Join the COVID-19 VOLUNTEER CORP (4/1/2020)

The LA Fed is calling on all union members in good health to stand with our community by volunteering to join the LA Labor COVID-19 Volunteer Corps. As a member of the volunteer corp, you will be able to join different efforts across the county, ranging from food distribution to building structures. With your support, we will come away from this crisis a stronger and more united labor movement. Please fill out the form here.

3D Agents of Shield (3/30/2020)

A team of Local 600 members have teamed up to create 3D Agents of Shield, printing face shields around the clock for medical professionals in need during this pandemic.

If you have a 3D printer and would like to join the cause, click here.

3D Agents of Shield GoFundMe 

Request Shield Donation

Philadelphia COVID-19 Fund (3/30/2020)

At-risk populations in the Philadelphia area need our assistance in this time. The elderly, homeless, disabled, and economically disadvantaged who rely on food pantries and health services need a helping hand. The Fund was created by The Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Donate to the PHL COVID-19 Response Fund

Questions about the fund? Email

Greater Chicago Food Depository 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago's food bank. They provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the Chicago community.

Support the Greater Chicago Food Depository by donating food here.

If you or someone you know is in need of food, please reach out to GCFD here

Introducing and the Local 600 Media Task Force (4/1/2020) is a website that spotlights our members doing great things to assist those in need in this time of uncertainty. 

If you know of a worthy cause, event, or organization that is bringing entertainment industry workers and unions together to fight the good fight, please go to and click on Submit a Project. We will make sure to spotlight that story.

National President John Lindley appointed a Media Task Force of members by region to work on any media requests that come through. Any projects submitted through will get forwarded to the task force. 


Legislative Action



Industry News & Updates

Studio Statements



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General Info on COVID-19

CDC's Mental Health and Coping Page

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance Website

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 




To view all the weekly video updates from National President John Lindley and National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine, please head over to the Local 600 Vimeo page.


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