COVID-19 Information
This page will be updated continuously as new information arrives

RECENTLY ADDED:

  • Need Help or Want to Volunteer?
  • 3/31 - Paycheck Update
    • NBCUni, Amazon and Disney have amended relief pay from 2 weeks to 3. Netflix is paying 4. Warner Bros says TV, including Horizon and other related entities, will pay up to 2 weeks at 8 hrs/day at the person’s negotiated rate, and Features will pay up to 2 weeks but calculated as 1 day per each week of work.  We‘re speaking with smaller studios about this issue.  Contact the Local if you feel you should have received this pay but didn’t.
  • 3/27 - Congress passes “CARES” Act providing immediate economic relief for entertainment workers. See more info here
  • 3/27 - MPI is granting a one-time premium waiver to Participants with Dependants enrolled and eligible in the Active Health Plan on 3/1/2020.  You don’t need to take any action. The waiver will be applied to your account or a credit will be applied if you’ve already paid.

I N D E X
Health - Health Insurance
$2.2 Trillion Congressional CARES Act
Financial Aid - Other Membership Assistance
Employment - Unemployment - Free Training
Info from Studios - Misc

 

                     HEALTH & HEALTH INSURANCE                

updated 3/13/2020

Latest Health Information can be found at:

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updated 3/25/2020

Business Rep Update On Covid-19 Benefits from MPI
From my email a few days ago I reported that we've been hard working to find ways to help our members during this unprecedented health crisis. As you'll see from the document we're sharing with you now, we've already achieved a package of very significant new health and pension benefits and we're still currently reviewing additional options to minimize benefit disruption. Please review this document and let us know if you have any questions.

In Solidarity,
Scott Bernard
Business Representative
IATSE Local 695

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updated 3/25/2020

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SICK?

MPIPHP advises Participants to seek medical care if they develop symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) especially if they have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. While sick, do everything you can to avoid contact with people.  MPI Participants are reminded of their telemedicine benefit which allows you to visit with a physician by phone at (888) 548-3632 or online by computer, smartphone or tablet at www.livehealthonline.com. It should not be used if emergency help is needed.

If you have a Fever. Dry Cough. or Shortness of Breath, see your doctor but call the Doctor’s first office before going in.

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updated 3/21/2020

24/7 TELEMEDICINE NOW WITH ZERO CO-PAY

Participants of the health plans may visit with a physician by phone or by computer, smartphone or tablet. It should not be used if acute emergency help is needed. The $20 copay has now been waived and participants will not be required to pay additional coinsurance.

-- MPIHP/Anthem Blue Cross - LiveHealth Online - www.livehealthonline.com
-- HealthNet - Teladoc - https://member.teladoc.com/hn or (800) 835-2362
-- Kaiser Permanente - https://k-p.li/2UpTLZC or (833) 574-2273
Oxford Health Plans - Amwell - https://amwell.com/cm/

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updated 3/23/2020

IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY COVERED BY MPI...

COVID-19 is now a qualifying event to get Covered California insurance plans. No, you do not have to have the virus to qualify. Special open enrollment has opened up because of the threat of getting the disease and being uninsured. Get more information here:
https://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment/

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updated 3/25/2020

Optum Services

Optum Behavioral Health Virtual Visits
Optum Behavioral Health Solutions (“Optum”) is encouraging providers and Participants to use secure video-enabled virtual visits, and is supplying the platform that providers need to have secure video visits with individuals who cannot travel to an office. For Participants or providers who do not have access to secure video technology, Optum is allowing telephonic sessions if a member is confined to their home due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine.

Optum Free Emotional Support Help, Tools & Resource:
Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted by COVID-19. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, (866) 342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone.

TO ACCESS SERVICES ON THE OPTUM WEBSITE...
Log on to www.liveandworkwell.com
using “MPI” as your “Guest Access Code” and then select “Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans” from the drop down menu.

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MPI UPDATES

3/27/2020 - New Benefits - MPI has granted a one-time premium waiver to Participants enrolled and eligible in the Active Health Plan of MPIHP on March 1, 2020, based on the number of dependents enrolled on that date.  You don’t need to take any action as the waiver will be automatically applied to your account. For health premiums that have already been paid for an upcoming quarter, MPIHP will not extend a refund; rather, a credit for health premiums for a future quarter will be provided. If you have any questions, email MPIPHP at [email protected]

3/25/2020 - New Benefits -
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3/20/2020 - New Benefits - Click here

3/17/2020 - New Benefits - Click here

3/10/2020 - New Benefits -
The Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPIHP) has announced that Coronavirus COVID-19 diagnostic tests will be covered by each of the health plans.  See the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3cMqmjE

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updated 3/25/2020

KAISER UPDATES

Information about which clinics are still open, Telemecine and more.
  -- Letter
  -- Flyer

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           $2.2 TRILLION CONGRESSIONAL CARES ACT        

updated 3/28/2020

The CARES Act

On 3/27, Congress passed the “CARES” Act, providing immediate economic relief for Americans impacted by COVID-19.

Here are notable benefits that will provide help to Entertainment Workers:

  • Increased maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week through July 31
  • Extended unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extends unemployment benefits to those who otherwise would not qualify, including the self-employed and independent contractors
  • A direct $1,200 payment to heads of households earning up to $112,500 or other individuals earning up to $75,000 per year
  • A direct $2,400 payment to married couples earning up to $150,000 per year
  • A direct $500 for each child under 16
  • Increased funding by $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $75 million for the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
  • Increased funding by $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Established grants and forgivable loans for small businesses and non-profits so that they can continue to run
     

HOW DOES THIS EFFECT ME AND HOW DO I GET THE MONEY?

    One key component of the act is an additional $600 of weekly unemployment insurance through 7/31/2020. This is on top of what you may have qualified for from your previous work. And you are eligible for the $600 even if you already exhausted your UI benefit and even if you didn’t qualify for UI benefits at all but you can “self-certify” that you are unemployed because your place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    The details and procedures for accessing these relief funds are beginning to be released.  Here’s what we know so far...

  • Flowchart shows who gets which benefits - https://bit.ly/2WPoUYm
  • NY Times FAQ answers important questions -https://bit.ly/2UpEjN6
  • Breakdown of CARES Act
  • Factsheet on unemployment provisions - https://bit.ly/2Jl4kHq
  • IA statement on the CARES Act - https://bit.ly/3bpAcq6
  • See more info on Unemployment and Disability

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     FINANCIAL AID & OTHER MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE    

updated 3/20/2020

Financial Help and other Assistance

An extensive assortment of resources and assistance programs is available from each of these organizations:

- The Motion Picture Television Fund - www.mptf.com
- Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation www.wrpioneers.org
- Behind the Scenes - wp.behindthescenescharity.org/bts-foundation
- Calif United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund - www.unitedwaysca.org/coviduw

NOTE: Under more normal circumstances, the Actor’s Fund is a strong supporter of Local 695 members in need, but during the current health crisis, the flow of assistance funding is not the same as usual. The IATSE has generously contributed $2.5 million to the Actors Fund and the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF), asking the two charities to divide up the responsibilities for distributing funds to IATSE members. IA members in Southern California are asked to please apply to MPTF for help, and the rest of the country will reach out to The Actors Fund. The exceptions in Southern California are Local 600 and Local 33 who should still apply to The Actors Fund.

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updated 3/26/2020

If You Need Help or Want to Volunteer...

IATSE Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service (C.A.R.E.S.)
IATSE C.A.R.E.S. is a new initiative designed to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and/or disabled members during the COVID-19 crisis. The new website at https://iatsecares.org will be used to provide information about future Mutual Aid efforts from the IATSE and will lestablish a safe and free delivery system which connects trained and healthy IATSE Young Worker volunteers with older IATSE members in need. Members in need may request supplies, groceries, or whatever else they may need, and another IATSE member will bring it to their doorstep through our volunteer database.  If you would like to volunteer, go to https://iatsecares.org/volunteer

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updated 3/15/2020

MPTF Offers Help to Displaced Industry Workers

The Motion Picture & Television Fund says they are ready to help members in the industry who are in need of medical, financial and emotional assistance.  Call them at (323) 634-3888 and read their statement in this article.

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updated 3/12/2020

IATSE Disaster Response Committee

The IA’s Disaster Response Committee will be closely following guidance from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. The International's website at www.iatse.net will serve as a Coronavirus Update Portal for members with the most up-to-date information from health officials, and direct info from the International. Check frequently for updates as events develop and check the IATSE Safety Apps for iOS and Android,as well.

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updated 3/15/2020

MPTF Offers Help to Displaced Industry Workers

The Motion Picture & Television Fund says they are ready to help members in the industry who are in need of medical, financial and emotional assistance.  Call them at (323) 634-3888 and read their statement in this article.

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updated 3/19/2020

If You Need Credit Card Relief...
Call and ask your credit card company what they could do to help. Usually that’s all it takes.  Some will extend the grace period or delay payment due dates, and some will forgive fees or interest or even payments.  It doesn’t hurt to ask and usually they’ll give you a decent break.

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updated 3/28/2020

First Entertainment Credit Union Resources Page
Some of the assistance First Entertainment is providing their members includes:  Visa card holders: can request to skip payments, refunds on late fees.
Unsecured/Personal Loans: members can request to defer payments, refunds on late fees... Auto Loans: members can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan... Mortgages and Home Equity Loans: members can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan.  They have a resource page here https://www.firstent.org/emergency-messaging/links-contacts and more info here https://www.firstent.org/emergency-messaging

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     EMPLOYMENT - UNEMPLOYMENT - FREE TRAINING     

updated 3/20/2020

UNEMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY INFO

California Unemployment Insurance Program

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Good resource for CA employment issues: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
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EDD is encouraging individuals who are unable to work due to exposure to COVID-19 to file a Disability Insurance claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
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If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
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If you apply for Unemployment Insurance...

Some members have have told us that the California Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Application is difficult to complete because job descriptions are irrelevant to what we do. Local 695 and the California IATSE Council (CIC) have negotiated with them to make changes in Local 695's job classifications and make this process easier for you. We also have a step-by-step presentation of how 695 members can apply online for CA UI with a page on job classifications to help you determine which one applies to you. Click to see PDF instructions
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More Employment Resources

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updated 3/20/2020

FREE ONLINE TRAINING

Free training covers Audio and Music recording, Video editing and effects, 3D Graphics and Animation, Graphic Design, Business Management, Computer Networking, Website / App / Game Development, Negotiating, Safety in the Workplace, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, Business Writing and much much more.  Free for 695 members.  See all free training opportunities

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updated 3/19/2020

Supermarkets are hiring

Many supermarkets and warehouse facilities stores are taking steps to add temporary staffing to fill need. We’ve received info presenting leads to temporary Part-Time positionscurrently available at community supermarkets... jobs that Teamsters Joint Council 42 would prefer to extend to card carrying Union AFL-CIO members, such as Local 695 members. If you are available to work and want to help out, see these links to websites for LA area job opportunities.
- https://www.costco.com/job-opportunities.html
- http://jobs.gelsons.com/
- https://jobs.kroger.com/ralphs/go/Ralphs/571600/
- https://jobs.kroger.com/food-4-less/go/Food-4-Less/571100/
- https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/careers/vons-careers.html
- https://www.staterbros.com/careers/
- http://jobs.cvshealth.com  
- https://careers.info.riteaid.com/

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                     INFO FROM STUDIOS - MISC                    

Documents and Policy Statements Received from Studios and Health Services
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updated 3/17/2020

New Procedures at Contract Services

CSATF is closed to the public but still working remotely to keep critical services operating.  Here are new procedures:
• You can mail roster documentation, letters, paystubs, resumes, etc. to [email protected].
• Email Employment Verification Letters [email protected].
• CSATF will be issuing training deadline extensions for in-person courses only. For individuals with online training requirements, those training deadlines still apply.
• To reduce the amount of paperwork passed between individuals, Contract Services will suspend its processing of Forms I-9 beginning April 1, 2020.

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updated 3/19/2020

Crowd-sourced Guide to Los Angeles-area Resources

This continuously updated list if local services includes government benefits, worker/housing/low-income resources, entertainment, best practices, etc.  See it here https://bit.ly/38Yf60w

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