How IATSE Will Push Congress to Help Out of Work Hollywood Freelancers

 

 

IATSE Political Director Tyler McIntosh discusses the ongoing efforts to advocate for IATSE members on Capitol Hill during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The union's political and legislative director explains why OSHA mandates, pension relief and more Payment Protection Program loans are needed to protect entertainment workers.

 


 

A temporary hospital was set up in April by IATSE stage technicians at the Liacouras Center, a concert and sports venue in Philadelphia.

How IATSE Will Push Congress to Help

Out of Work Hollywood Freelancers

The union's political and legislative director explains why OSHA mandates, pension relief and more Payment Protection Program loans are needed to protect entertainment workers.

 

Though many in the industry cheered in late March when some provisions in the CARES Act directly benefited entertainment workers, Hollywood's fight for further financial relief from the federal government is hardly over yet.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents 145,000 entertainment workers, made that clear when it published an ambitious political agenda for future coronavirus relief packages on Thursday. "IATSE Priorities for Subsequent COVID-19 Relief Legislation" offers up seven major goals for the labor union in its upcoming lobbying and activism: to persuade the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue emergency health standards for members working in television news and constructing field hospitals; to implement policies that protected pensions after the Great Recession; to extend Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans to all nonprofits (like labor unions), not just 501(c)3 organizations; to ensure health care for California's unemployed and in labor unions; to pass the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (also an agenda item on actors' union SAG-AFTRA's slate); to extend CARE Act unemployment insurance through Dec. 31, 2020; and to gain financial stimulus funds to get the industry running again.

 

To read the entire article from the Hollywood Reporter dated 23 April 2020:

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-iatse-will-push-congress-help-work-hollywood-freelancers