COVID-19: Member Resources & Updates


06 June 2022

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Return to Work Agreement Extended Through July 15, 2022, with Modifications (5/12/2022)

The DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters and the Hollywood Basic Crafts announced today that an agreement had been reached on modifications to the Covid-19 Return to Work Safety protocols.

The modifications include:

  • Reduced Testing in Zones A and B
  • Relaxed Rules around Masking in Most Settings
  • Flexibility on Meals and Transportation

Some protocols remain unchanged:

  • Pre-employment Testing
  • Quarantine Pay and Sick Leave
  • Employer Vaccination Requirements in Zone A

The modifications apply only to areas that have confirmed low Covid hospital admissions, leaving largely in place the more stringent requirements for areas experiencing surging admission rates. These new workplace practices apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated cast and crew. The parties will continue monitoring developments and will consider further modifications in July. 

Read the fully executed RTW Agreement (May 1, 2022)
Read the RTW Agreement Summary (June 3, 2022)


"The Last Pandemic Aid Anybody Wants to Need" (The New York Times, 2/11/2022)

The government will reimburse up to $9,000 in funeral expenses for deaths related to the coronavirus. But most eligible survivors have yet to get relief. Read the story on The New York Times website


COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement Extended to April 20, 2022 (2/15/2022)

Effective immediately, the Return to Work Agreement covering film and television has been modified and extended through April 30, 2022. Among the key changes are replenished sick leave that is available through September 30, 2022, improved PPE requirements that focus on KN95, KF94 and N95 masks, and an expanded definition of “fully vaccinated” which now includes boosters and an expansion of both vaccine and testing options. As the number of COVID cases declines, revised CDC guidelines along with the previously agreed to loosening of protocols will continue to go into effect. Read more.


COVID-19 Commercial Production Safety and Testing Protocol Agreement (2/11/2021)

The AICP Joint Unions Extension Agreement of the COVID-19 Commercial Production Safety and Testing Protocol Agreement that has been extended through March 15, 2022. Read the agreement here


Return to Work Agreement In Place Till February 13, 2022 (1/24/2022)

Late last year, prior to the Omicron surge, the Producers and Unions agreed to extend the Agreement to February 13, 2022. The Producers and Unions are scheduled to negotiate further changes to the Return to Work Agreement in early February. Read more.

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Unemployment Information

Local 600 Unemployment Insurance Assistance Contacts (UPDATED: 12/17/2021)

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

 

Entertainment Industry Resources

Entertainment Community Fund (formerly 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 Entertainment Community Fund, Emily Lerner Garlick at local600@entertainmentcommunity.org or (323) 330-2417. 

Local 600 Hardship Fund

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

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

MPIPHP

MPIPHP Guide to New Benefits (Winter 2021)

MPI has announced weight loss, smoking cessation, and diabetes prevention benefits available to members. Learn more about these benefits here.

Therapy Helplines

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

LifeHealth
Now offering online counseling

MPTF
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. 

First Entertainment Credit Union
For branch hours, please visit their website.

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.

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

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Safety on Set

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Helping Those in Need

IATSE C.A.R.E.S. 

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

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 

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


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


 

Legislative Action

 

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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) 

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Videos

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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