Letter from the Business Agent:
I hope you are all finding ways to stay healthy during these times and finding ways to help each other when you can.
Today Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 ordering Minnesotans to stay at home beginning at 11:59pm on Friday March 27, 2020 until 5:00pm Friday April 10, 2020. To comply with this order, all IATSE 13 Officers and Staff will be working from home during this period. We will still be available to assist workers, but some communications will be limited. Joan will still receive voicemails but will be responding by email. BA Terwilliger will return any calls that require a voice call.
At this time Unemployment Insurance is still your best resource for income replacement. We know that the application is not well suited for our industry. If you haven’t been able to complete your application yet, keep trying. Even people who have been trying for several days are eventually getting through the application. If the online application isn’t working for you, calling to complete the application over the phone is an option. Be prepared for a long wait on hold, 1-2 hours as of today. Make sure you have all of the information you need before you start. You can find resources for gathering that information on our website on the COVID-19 Resources page. You can back date your application. You can back date your application 1 week if you are creating a new account. You can back date your application 2 weeks if you are reactivating an account. The MN website is www.uimn.org and there are some tutorial videos to help you.
We are still working to gather information about which employers are allowing people to use sick time for COVID-19 related layoffs. We’ll send that information in a separate email as we get it.
Thank you to everyone who wrote to their congressperson asking them to support workers in our industry. Over 100,000 letters have been sent. If you haven’t sent a letter yet you can find more info at https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-to-include-displaced-workers-in-relief-package?source=direct_link&
We’ll share more information as we learn more about what is in the current federal legislation. We are expecting an update from the AFL-CIO on Thursday.
We are working with our labor partners to try to secure additional support for people who are experiencing hardship. Here are some of the resources currently available to workers:
· The United Way has resources for all people in need. https://www.211unitedway.org 651-291-0211
· The Actors Fund is available to help anyone in the performing arts and entertainment professions. https://actorsfund.org
· Some of you may qualify for assistance from the Motion Picture and Television Fund. https://mptf.com
· Working Partnerships is a resource for union members. You generally need to be a card holding member to access assistance from Working Partnerships. http://workingpartnerships.org
· We are working to establish a larger fund that can support all workers in the Hospitality and Events industries. We’ll share more information once that fund is up and running.
The Board of Trustees of the IATSE Local 13 Retirement Plan & Trust has created a new hardship withdrawal option for those who are suffering a hardship do to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Retirement plan will be sending you a letter explaining more. Be aware that the IRS has not waived the penalties on early withdrawals and anyone making an early withdrawal should consult professionals about associated taxes and penalties.
We have extended the deadline for testing for Referral List advancement until May 31st. We will also look at the days required to advance on the 2021 Referral List and make adjustments once we know the full scope of the impact to workers’ days.
Kellie will be sending information about online classes that you can take from home and working to develop IATSE 13 specific online classes. Some are already scheduled. More information can be found on the Education page on our website.
You can find information from the IATSE International at https://www.iatse.net/coronavirus-update-portal You can also find more information on the COVID-19 RESOURCES page on the Local 13 website at https://www.iatse13.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=COVID2D1920Resources
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Consider your coworkers, stay safe, and look out for one another.
IATSE Local 13401K COVID-19 Hardship Withdrawl
The 401K Trustees have approved a new hardship withdrawl for the COVID-19 epicemic. Employees who are involuntarily laid off or terminated from employment under the Plan in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic can withdraw up to $20,000 plus (at your option) applicable state and federal taxes (20% federal tax withholding and 10% excise tax for employees under age 59½).
Links to stay informed:
Page Last Updated: Apr 01, 2020 (10:02:35)