COVID-19: Member Resources & Updates

08 April 2020

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What You'll Find On This Page


News You Can Use

A Video Message from IATSE President Matt Loeb (4/1/2020)

Congress Passes CARES Act Providing Immediate Relief for Entertainment Workers (3/27/2020)

MPI Update (3/27/2020)

Read latest update 

Lender's COVID-19 Mortgage Plans (3/25/2020)

Here's a rundown of how various mortgage lenders are taking action

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program (3/24/2020)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services. State-administered programs may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance. Check if you may be eligible for this benefit here.

How to Suspend Your Student-Loan Payments (The Wall Street Journal, 3/21/2020)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. is giving most borrowers the option to suspend payments for at least two months. Read the full article here.

U.S. Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15, 2020 (CNN, 3/20/2020)

Americans will have an additional three months to file their taxes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US treasury secretary said on Friday. Read the full article.

U.S. Orders Up To A Yearlong Break On Mortgage Payments (NPR, 3/19/2020)

Homeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak are getting some relief. Depending on their situation, they should be eligible to have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. Read the full article Read the full article.



Unemployment Information

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

Read the full letter

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)

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Unemployment Links

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. 

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.

NYT's "Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis"
The New York Times has put together a helpful guide to managing your finances during this time. Check out "Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis." The page is updated daily.

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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. 

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 (3/27/2020)
MPI Coronavirus Update (3/12/2020)
FYI from MPI - Coronavirus Update


COVID-19 Updates Telehealth Policies (3/19/2020)

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. 

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.



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


Puerto Rico

Triple-S Benefits During COVID-19



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


MARTA Service Changes (3/26/2020)
Starting March 26, 2020, MARTA is suspending fare collection on all buses. MARTA will also reduce bus service by 30% starting Monday, March 30th. 

Grocery Store Hours for Those 60 or Older (3/26/2020)
Shopping hours reserved for those over the age of 60:

  • Tuesdays 7am - 8am: Kroger, Ingles, Publix, Walmart 
  • Wednesdays 7am - 8am: Ingles and Publix 
  • Thursdays 7am - 8am: Kroger 

Unemployment Insurance and Benefits

Local Resources

Georgia COVID-19 hotline: 844-442-2681 

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

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

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.



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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

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

City of Seattle Protective Equipment Donation (3/30/2020)

Seattle, WA is in need of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). If you or someone you know has masks or other PPE to spare, please consider donating to the City of Seattle.

Donate here

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

"New York Blood Center to Collect First Blood Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Treat Severe Cases" (NYBC, 3/25/2020)

EXCERPT: New York Blood Center (NYBC) will be the first blood center to collect blood plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat other patients with advanced illness. In the treatment, known as convalescent plasma, the patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma with the goal of using the donor’s antibodies to help clear the virus more rapidly. Read the full article here.

Schedule a blood donation appointment through NYBC here.

Homemade Personal Protective Equipment 

Due to the dwindling supplies of Personal Protective Equipment caused by the coronavirus epidemic, Locals 44, 705, 768 and 892 are working together to collect existing stocks of PPE and create homemade PPE. The following information is for any local members who would like to participate.

There are two ways to obtain mask-making supplies from locals 892 and 705:

1. PICK UP/DROP OFF: Members can pick up kits containing supplies to make masks (or drop off completed masks) at Local 892 Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 11-2pm. For more information, please see the PPE Drop-Off and Pick Ups flyer.

2. HOME DELIVERY: If a member would like a mask-making kit delivered in the LA area, please email on the Costumers Care Flier and a 705 volunteer will drop the kit on your porch.

The following documents will explain best practices and mask patterns:

Best Practices Cleaning
Pattern Notes Face Masks
Patterns: Women's Masks 1, Women's Masks 2, Women's Masks 3, Men's Masks 1, Men's Masks 2, Men's Masks 3

If members have questions about the creation of the masks, please email:

The Locals will distribute collected masks; area hospitals have reached out to these locals, as have home healthcare providers, food banks and others.

To donate commercially-produced PPE, which is in critically short supply at our area hospitals, please email – more detailed information is contained in the .pdf Check Your Kits (9)

Donate to CDG for PPE Mask Kits

The CDG is continuing to look for donation items for the PPE kits (see below). Please contact Brigitta Romanov, CDG Assistant Executive Director to coordinate donations:

Donation Items Needed for Mask Kits:

  • Elastic: 1/8, 1/4, Cord
  • Bias Tape
  • Twill Tape
  • Cotton
  • Jersey
  • Thread
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Freezer Bags
  • Unused Sewing Machines
  • Laundry Detergent * Shipping Supplies
  • Peel and Stick Labels
  • Gloves 

IATSE Local 871 Blood Drive on May 3, 2020

IATSE Local 871 (Costume Designers Guild) is holding a Blood Drive on Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at their office located at 3919 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. To schedule your blood donation appointment, go to the Red Cross website and enter the code "IATSE871."

MPTF: Social Connectivity in a Time of Social Distancing (3/20/2020)

The staff and volunteers of MPTF are embarking on a unique effort to keep our entertainment industry community creatively engaged during this uncertain time of COVID-19. Channel 22, the on-campus TV station, is broadcasting live from the Susan and Gary Martin Screening room in the Louis B. Mayer Theater, with game shows, exercise classes, trivia, meditations and more. MPTF will be LIVE on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11am-4:30pm.

MPTF wants your help as well since their residents would love to know you are thinking of them. You can send a video (spoken, sung, whatever!) for the residents by email to

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. 

If we stand together, we will get through this together.



Legislative Action

Representative Adam Schiff and More Members of Congress Sign Letter in Support of Entertainment Workers (3/19/2020)

Several key members of congress, under the leadership of California Representative Adam Schiff, have signed a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in support of arts and entertainment workers impacted by the mass closures of theatres, studios, and more around the country.

Read the full article here.

Read the letter from Adam Schiff and his fellow members of Congress here.

Update: IATSE Facilitates 80,000 Letters to Congress to Support Displaced Entertainment Workers (3/19/2020)

IATSE is working tirelessly to ensure that any economic relief package allows hundreds of thousands of entertainment families across the country to continue to pay rent, put food on the table, and care for their children despite the public health emergency.

Although the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) will provide relief to workers in other industries, 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.

Read the full press release here.

IATSE: Tell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package (3/16/2020)

The bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) 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. 

Write to your Congress representative here



Industry News & Updates

Coronavirus Turned These Costumers Into Hollywood’s ‘Mask Crusaders’ (LA Times, 4/4/2020)

NYC's 'Booming' Film and TV Industry Grinds to Halt Amid Coronavirus, Workers 'Worried' (NY Daily News, 4/3/2020)
Featuring an interview with Local 600 Still Photographer JoJo Whilden

WarnerMedia to Create $100 Million Relief Fund for Crews (The Hollywood Reporter, 3/27/2020)

Letter to NY Governor Cuomo from NY Union Leaders in Support of Relief for Entertainment Workers (3/20/2020)

Netflix Pledges $100 Million in Relief to Out-of-Work Production Community (The Hollywood Reporter, 3/20/2020)

National Coalition to Rescue American Event Workers' Letter to Congressional Leadership (3/19/2020)

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Thank You Letters (3/19/2020)

IATSE Commits $2.5 Million to Entertainment Charities Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (3/17/2020)

IATSE Training Trust Fund Office Closed (3/17/2020)

Contract Services (CSATF) Temporarily Suspended (3/16/2020)


IATSE President Loeb Calls on Congress to Pass Relief Package that Includes Entertainment Workers (3/13/2020)

Letter from Department For Professional Employees, AFL-CIO in Support of Economic Support for Entertainment Workers (3/13/2020)

CDC Guidance on Mass Gatherings and Large Events (3/15/2020)

Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and How to "Flatten the Curve" (The Washington Post, 3/14/2020)

Studio Statements



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General Info on COVID-19

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance Website

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)



By the Numbers

March 30, 2020

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