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Send a letter: COVID-19 Legislation for Entertainment Workers
Updated On: Jul 07, 2020

Please consider writing a letter for the Action Network letter campaignMust-haves for Entertainment Workers in Subsequent COVID-19 Legislation.

We must act now to pressure our representatives to ensure that subsequent COVID-19 legislation puts workers first by:

  • Making sure workers in all states have access to COVID-19 relief by demanding that states ramp up and improve their unemployment claim processing. 
  • Preserve workers' healthcare and ensure that no-one loses their benefits by passing a 100 percent COBRA premium subsidy to keep families insured on their job-based healthcare plan and extend eligibility to 36 months. 
  • Extend the “CARES” Act’s unemployment insurance provisions for as long as the health crisis persists. 
  • Allow all nonprofits fair access to the government economic support in the Paycheck Protection Program – including labor unions, the staffs of which are providing vital assistance to members around the clock and face the same hardships that small businesses face. 
  • Protect the healthy pension plans and earned pension checks of entertainment workers by allowing multiemployer plans to implement policies that safeguarded pensions after the Great Recession, such as freezing zone status, smoothing investment losses, and doing no harm to healthy pension plans. 
  • Update the Qualified Performing Artist tax deduction, allowing creative professionals to keep more of our hard-earned money by deducting necessary business expenses from their taxes, now due in July. 
  • Provide direct economic support for organizations in the arts, entertainment, and media industries with appropriate workforce restoration requirements to get people back to work when it is safe to do so.
  • And finally, we must protect entertainment workers still performing essential work in news media and converting facilities into temporary field hospitals by requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard.

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Contact Info
I.A.T.S.E. Local 16
240 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
  (415) 441-6400

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