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Broadway Unions Urge New York State Renewal Of Cobra Subsidies

Broadway Unions Urge New York State Renewal Of Cobra Subsidies
The Coalition of Broadway Unions & Guilds is calling for health care relief in the upcoming New York State budget, specifically urging for the updating and renewal of the state’s Cobra subsidy program.

“Securing health care relief is a top priority for the Broadway Unions and Guilds,” said Cobug Co-Chairs Joe Hartnett, Co-Director, Stagecraft Department, IATSE and Laura Penn, Executive Director, Sdc. “Theatre workers are suffering. Almost all lost their jobs last spring, which means they’ve also lost health care for themselves and their families. Health care relief must be included in the upcoming New York State budget.”

Cobug is made up of 18 unions representing workers both on and off stage in and outside New York State. “We must proactively support arts and entertainment workers with Cobra subsidies in order to make certain that these workers are here, and healthy, when our industry is ready to re-open,” Hartnett and Penn continued.
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Hollywood’s Union Leaders Call On Congress To Enact Laws Advancing Diversity And Equity In The Arts, Entertainment & Media

Hollywood’s Union Leaders Call On Congress To Enact Laws Advancing Diversity And Equity In The Arts, Entertainment & Media
Leaders of the Hollywood’s unions today outlined their legislative agenda to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts, entertainment and media industries, including a call on Congress to pass a flurry of legislation to increase federal arts funding; establish diversity objectives for grant recipients; to leverage federal tax incentives to encourage diverse hiring, and to protect the rights of unions to organize nonunion workers.

“As unions, we hold a fundamental belief that diversity is a strength,” the leaders of SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, Actors’ Equity, the WGA East and several other union leaders said in a joint statement. “We work inside and outside the traditional collective bargaining process to create more and better opportunities for underrepresented people. Smart policy solutions aimed at creating diverse talent pipelines, incentivizing diversity in hiring, and supporting collective bargaining will help our workplaces and our industries move forward.”

Those taking part in a press conference,
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Entertainment Industry Union Leaders To Discuss Their Legislative Diversity Agenda

Entertainment Industry Union Leaders To Discuss Their Legislative Diversity Agenda
An all-star lineup of entertainment industry union leaders will discuss their diversity, equity and inclusion policy agenda next week during a press conference hosted by the AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees.

The policy agenda focuses on legislative action that furthers the work the unions and guilds already are doing to improve diversity, expand career opportunities for underrepresented people and encourage employers to pursue more diverse recruitment, hiring and promotion practices.

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Those scheduled to take part in the February 11 event include:

David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA

Russell Hollander, national executive director of the DGA

• Matthew Loeb, international president of IATSE

Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity

Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East

Raymond Menard, president of the American Guild of Musical Artists

Laura Penn, executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Sdc)

Alfonso Pollard,
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Unions For Stage Singers, Dancers, Directors & Choreographers Issue “Playbook” For Safe Return To Work

Unions For Stage Singers, Dancers, Directors & Choreographers Issue “Playbook” For Safe Return To Work
The American Guild of Musical Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society on Wednesday issued a detailed “playbook” for the safe return to work for opera and choral singers, ballet and modern dancers, choreographers, stage directors and theater staff.

In a joint statement, the unions said their playbook (read it here) “presents a step-by-step approach to reopening built on five levels linked to the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community and allows for increasing activities based on clear criteria. The key is ensuring proper space and ventilation for the activity involved, augmented by a foundation of consistent and thorough hygiene practices and regular testing.”

The unions developed the playbook in collaboration with medical experts Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill, Dr. Steven J. Anderson, and Dr. Laura S. Welch. Covid-19, Dr. Cunningham-Hill said, “poses particular risks for the performing arts and a science and data driven approach is required to bring performances
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Entertainment Industry Union Leaders To Discuss Their Efforts At Combating Pandemic

Entertainment Industry Union Leaders To Discuss Their Efforts At Combating Pandemic
An all-star lineup of entertainment industry union leaders will take part in a press conference Wednesday to discuss how they are dealing with the industry’s coronavirus shutdown. The teleconference will be hosted by Lis Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, beginning at 8 a.m. Pt.

“From Broadway to Hollywood–and everywhere in between–Covid-19 has paused, postponed and cancelled productions, performances and events leaving most of the country’s four million creative professionals out of work,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement announcing the news conference. “Arts, entertainment and media professionals and their unions have united to ensure all workers in the industry can access economic relief. With the expectation that arts and entertainment professionals will be some of the last workers able to return safely to their jobs, creative professionals and their unions continue to advocate for government-provided economic support.”

Those slated to take part in the presser include:

Thomas Schlamme,
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