The following is a note we received from IATSE International President Matt Loeb:
Dear Local Officers,
As social distancing measures are enacted and events and projects are cancelled across all sectors of the entertainment industry, it has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis requires decisive action from our local, state, and federal governments.
However, many of the options being discussed with regards to emergency paid sick leave don't apply to displaced entertainment workers. Our number one priority is to keep our members safe and secure, and right now for that to happen they need access to emergency paid sick leave.
This is an urgent call to action.
We call on every single IATSE local to activate their membership as quickly as possible, and mobilize to lobby local, state, and federal government to ensure that entertainment workers aren't left out of emergency paid sick leave policies.
Matthew D. Loeb