95% IATSE members unemployed thanks to #COVID19 #coronavirus @IATSE #IATSE

Courtesy: IATSE

The Hurt Is Now

Tonight, the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) reported to Variety that between 90 to 95 percent (135,000 out of 150,000) of members are now out of work, and it all leads to one single reason, the coronavirus.

As 3.3 million are now unemployed, IATSE Communications Director, Jonas Loeb, says the C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Services) initiative has now been activated, to aid elderly and disabled IATSE members who are at risk with the COVID19 pandemic, with volunteers aiding with deliveries and checking in with members by phone.

Another C.A.R.E.S. act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) was passed in Congress on Friday as part of the $2 Trillion economic stimulus bill to include entertainment freelance or gig workers, which also supports endowments and public television, as well as include an additional 13 weeks of unemployment with an additional $600 a week.

The IATSE not to long before the passing of the stimulus bill drafted a letter to Congress, urging that Congress send relief to entertainment workers affected by COVID19.

Daniel Quintanilla

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