Iatse International Communication

Below you will find information and Resources from Iatse International regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Please contact webmaster@iatse489.org with questions or additional information that could help our members.


IATSE C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service) is a new initiative designed to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and/or disabled members during the COVID-19 crisis. This website will also be used to provide information about future Mutual Aid efforts from the IATSE.

For example, IATSE CARES creates a buddy system where members in need may sign up to have a volunteer check in with them as often as they choose.

We have also created 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.





The National Benefit Funds has waived all fees for COVID-19 testing for all participants enrolled in Plan A and all Pan C options as well as those enrolled in Triple S.

CVS Health is offering flu shots in more than 68,000 convenient locations, including CVS Pharmacy, at no cost to you.  They also offer other vaccines to prevent common illness at 100% coverage by the plan without a co-payment.  

Click here for details. https://www.iatsenbf.org/assets/Uploads/IATSE-NBF-Flu-Retail-Network-Letter.pdf

**The CDC expects the worst is yet to come and with all shows on hiatus.**

**No funds will be coming in. We will not be assessing any penalties on delinquent dues within reason during the pandemic.**

** We are compiling and will forward all information relating to the virus. For those wishing to file for unemployment there is a link on the website under member information in the green menu.**

Those covered under the IATSE National Benefit Fund: https://www.iatsenbf.org/  212-580-9092  Toll free Number: 800-456-FUND(3863)

The International’s Disaster Response Committee is closely following the most up-to-date guidance as provided by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control (US) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (CAN). We will continue to relay information from these sources to our Local officers and Members.

– World Health Organization

– Center For Disease Control (US)

– Public Health Agency of Canada (CAN)

– OSHA COVID-19 Guidance Website


If any member has a specific health safety concern in their workplace, please report it via our Safety Info App (iOSPlay Store), or by talking to your Local Union.

COVID-19 Resource Website for Canadian Members / COVID-19: Site internet d’information à l’attention des Membres Canadiens:

EN: www.iatsecanada.net

FR: www.iatsecanada-fr.net

The IATSE National Benefit Funds has waived all fees for COVID-19 testing for all participants enrolled in Plan A and all Plan C options as well as those enrolled in Triple S. Click here to visit their website.

Annuity hardship withdrawals have been extended to include a new category to assist those who have been affected by COVID-19. For folks who have lost work, been laid off, or had other losses or expenses due to the virus, participants are eligible for immediate withdrawal in the amount of their loss.

In order to obtain a hardship application please email Annuity@iatsenbf.org. Once the application has been completed, you must email the application back to Annuity@iatsenbf.org.

Participants of the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPIHP) should note that the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) diagnostic test will be covered by their health plan as described in this release on their website.


Financial Support and Charities

The IATSE General Executive Board committed $2.5 million to the following entertainment charities:

– Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF)

– The Actors Fund


– The Actors Fund of Canada (AFC)



DO THIS TODAY!! – US Legislation: Right now the Congress is working on multiple packages of legislation, and we need to pull out all the stops to get the message to members of Congress to include relief for people who work in Entertainment.  Please click the link and share widely – with your local, your members, your friends, family, any critical allies – the more voices the better! (this is super easy and takes under 5 minutes to be part of this effort)




These are the topics from the D4 discussion, PowerPoint can be found on the D4 site with hyperlinks :  http://www.iatsedistrict4.org/index.cfm
  • Vote
  • Census
  • Unemployment 
  • Mental health care, suicide prevention
  • IATSE Cares, mutual assist
  • Lobbying, recovery
  • Field hospital support


San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Launches Food Assistance Program


Letter to Congressional Leaders Outlining America's Five Economic Essentials for the CARES 2 Package


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