September 6

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this email finds you well. I have been looking into information that may help you as we get through this pandemic together. I am listing The Cares Act link along with some other links that you may find helpful.


health videos you may find helpful:

https://youtu.be/uQ-6oSOW6vY   What is Clean Eating with 5 Simple Guidelines

https://youtu.be/uPNHZTe6doA GUIDED MEDITATION - Deep Relaxation - "The Cleansing Wind"

https://youtu.be/0zdhZjfzQ08  Sebastian Maniscalco What's wrong with people? 
(just to make you laugh)

https://youtu.be/xzNMABRELPg  Coronavirus | Dealing with anxiety & mental health during a pandemic


https://besthearinghealth.com/hearing-loss/ Some info on hearing loss




Take care , be well

Tiffany Gans - Secretary

July 31

Brothers and Sisters:

Below are some links and info that may be useful. 

And since this will be the last correspondence from myself as Secretary, I’d just like to say thank you all for entrusting me with the duties that the office entails: I hope I served all my brothers and sisters well. Wishing everyone the best and I will look forward to seeing faces again when we’re back to work. Take care!!


1) Here’s a message (with links) from the IATSE Training Trust:

Dear Members,

The IATSE Training Trust Fund has released a new online course - “COVID-19: Recommended Guidelines for Preventing Exposure in the Workplace.” The purpose of this course is to provide you with information and recommended practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19 upon returning to the workplace. The course is available in all TTF Safety First! accounts so if you already have an account, just log in to your existing account to start taking the course →

If you still need a TTF Safety First! account, you can complete an application online with a special link. This link is unique to our local. Please do not share the link with anyone outside the local or post it to any social media. When you click on the link, you will be redirected to an online application form. Fill it in, click submit, and within a few days you will receive an email with your account information so you can take the course. This special online application link expires on Friday August 21, so apply soon.


2) Hillsborough County is expanding its rental and utility assistance help for county residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s first come, first serve and they start accepting applications Monday, August 3, at 10:00am. Here’s the link to the County site. https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/r3-program

3) Here’s a link to a survey being conducted by Congressman Charlie Crist’s Office regarding what is most important to you for the next relief package: https://crist.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=21&utm_campaign=3387-437
4) Here’s a letter from the IATSE Political/Legislative Director about an upcoming virtual presentation on August 7. If you are interested, please email Jackson Rees directly at jrees@iatse.net for the conference link. 
Dear District 14 Political Coordinators,

I hope this finds you all well – please join me on Friday, August 7th at 10am ET for a virtual presentation of “Winning for Workers: 2020 IATSE Politics.”

This presentation was originally slated to be the education training session for the 2020 District Conventions. However, the pandemic has caused the postponement or cancellation of many District Conventions, including D14, and the content of the presentation simply can’t wait – the November general election will be upon us before we know it. 

My department felt it imperative to schedule a virtual presentation for the Political Coordinators of every District, as it contains vital updates and resources for use in your local political programs. We worked with your District 14 Secretary-Treasurer Kim Holdridge, Cc’d here, to schedule.

The presentation will focus on the importance of politics to IATSE members, a 2020 election outlook specifically for District 14, and the various political resources available to you and your locals as we gear up to mobilize our kin for what will likely be one of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history. 

5) Here’s a link to the response and statement from International President Loeb regarding the ‘HEALS’ Act that the Senate has written: https://iatsecares.org/2020/07/28/iatse-response-statement-from-international-president-loeb-opposing-heals-act/

6) Here’s a link to call your Senator and tell them to pass the HEROES Act: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/heroesact?source=aflcio&link_id=1&can_id=4c4e4ec1b476c2d4a742e2d866ed2f44&email_referrer=email_877995&email_subject=fl-afl-cio-e-messenger-tell-our-senators-to-pass-the-heroes-act

July 25

1) On July 30, the  IATSE Education Department is hosting the first virtual IATSE Road Show – Why Unions Matter: How Worker Power builds an economy
that creates jobs, raises wages, and promotes a better quality of life for All.
Here’s the link to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1095771497497237776


2) Here’s a letter from the Communications department about a campaign that they wish all Stagehands to participate in.
Sisters, Brothers, Kin —
The Communications Department is currently collecting video content for the #WishIWasThere campaign.
This campaign is to highlight members in 10 second clips where members explain that they’d rather be working behind-the-scenes
in their skilled profession, but can’t due to COVID-19 shutting down our industry. 
If we collect enough of these videos, we can amplify our collective voices so that they echo throughout the chambers of congress,
and ensure congress passes much-needed stimulus and aid. 
In this campaign, it is vital that we highlight and represent all the different faces of our union. Therefore, we invite all of our
Sisters, Brothers, and Kin to take part in this campaign. We are asking all Local Officers to please forward and encourage
Local members to email a 10 second video recording of themselves stating their name, Local, craft, and where they wish they
could be working if not for the ongoing Pandemic to comms@iatse.net.  Additionally, we are requesting all members to please include
any images they may have of themselves working behind the-scenes.  

We look forward to hearing from you! 

In solidarity, 
IATSE Communications 

July 19

Below are some links/info that may be useful. And FYI, July 20, 2020, is the deadline to register to vote for the August 18, election!  https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home

1) As we all know, the $600.00 Federal Unemployment Benefit is set to expire at the end of the month. There are a lot of online events trying to encourage our representatives to extend this lifeline. Make your voice heard and join a town hall focused on demanding unemployment extension in your state. You can see a list of  town halls at this link.

2) Here’s an article written by  Rep. Anna V. Eskamani of Florida State House District 47 about current known DEO issues Floridians are having.  https://medium.com/@annavishkaeeeskamani/florida-unemployment-issues-update-may-26th-at-12-00a-8dd0bab7e65c

3) Salvation Army opens drive-through pantries
The Salvation Army of Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County will be conducting drive-through food pantries July 17, 24 and 31 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
The Salvation Army has been distributing free food every other Wednesday at its Social Services campus in Clearwater, but can accommodate only a limited number of vehicles in its parking lot, so it is adding the Friday events at Ruth Eckerd Hall. A similar partnership in June allowed the organizations to feed more than 3,000 families, according to a press release from the Salvation Army.
“Ruth Eckerd Hall was amazing in their support of the Salvation Army June events” said Maj. Ted Morris, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army of Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. “In addition to providing the perfect venue, they donated staff for security, traffic flow and food distribution. We could not be more blessed.”
The Friday events are at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. They begin at 7:30 a.m. and will remain open until all items are distributed. Recipients must stay in their vehicles during the distribution. Food boxes will contain milk, cheese, protein and produce, as well as shelf-stable food, according to the release. Go to SalvationArmyClearwater. org.

4) Here’s a link to the political endorsements by the AFL-CIO. July 20, 2020, is the deadline to register to vote!!!  http://flaflcio.org/2020-florida-afl-cio-candidate-endorsements/?link_id=6&can_id=6b0b88830b8e4604cb0e1f897147004e&source=email-fl-afl-cio-e-messenger-week-of-626-2&email_referrer=email_857702&email_subject=fl-afl-cio-e-messenger-week-of-710

5)  In cooperation with the Behind the Scenes Foundation (BTS), Local 477 has scheduled a Zoom presentation on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Outreach for all Florida IA locals on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:00pm.
Lori Rubinstein, Executive Director of Behind the Scenes, will give a 30-minute presentation with discussions on the multiple options available for those either seeking help or an understanding of how to help others who may be in distress. Lori was Executive Director of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) for almost thirty years and now speaks regularly to entertainment unions and organizations all across the country.
You must register in advance for this meeting using this link.


1)  The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has approved a second phase of the Pinellas CARES program to
provide financial assistance to individuals, families and small businesses.
The new program eliminates many of the requirements that were in the first phase of Pinellas CARES.

2) There’s a new course through the I.A.T.S.E. Training Trust Fund. Here’s the letter to the membership along with the link for an
online account if you don’t have one yet:

The IATSE Training Trust Fund has just released a new online course - “COVID-19: Recommended Guidelines for Preventing
Exposure in the Workplace.” The purpose of this course is to provide you with information and recommended practices to
minimize the spread of COVID-19 upon returning to the workplace. The course is available in all TTF Safety First! accounts
so if you already have an account, just log in to your existing account to start taking the course →

If you still need a TTF Safety First! account, you can complete an application online with a special link.
When you click on the link, you will be redirected to an online application form.
Fill it in, click submit, and within a few days you will receive an email with your account information so you can
take the course. This special online application link expires on July 24, so apply soon.


June 22

1)  Governor DeSantis has directed DEO to waive the  work search  and  work registration requirements  for claimants through July 4, 2020. 

2) Tampa and St Petersburg have both issued mask orders. Both cities are offering free masks at multiple locations. The following link will have all the locations listed:  https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/coronavirus/2020/06/20/tampa-st-petersburg-offers-free-masks-while-supplies-last

3) Here’s a link (run by the state) that helps you search for any unclaimed property that you may have.  https://www.fltreasurehunt.gov/



1) The City of Clearwater is offering mortgage/rent assistance for it’s residents.
Here’s the link:  https://www.myclearwater.com/government/city-departments/economic-development/rental-mortgage-and-utility-assistance

2) A petition to extend the $600/week federal assistance through the end of the year.
Here’s the link:  https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/extend-unemployment-600-per-week-additional-assistance-through-at-least-dec-31-2020?share=dcfae641-6d20-41f7-a4e6-b6be54707421&source=email-share-button&utm_medium=&utm_source=email

3) The Florida Comsumer E-Newsletter has some good articles and resources.
Here’s the link:  https://www.fdacs.gov/News-Events/Florida-Consumer-E-Newsletter

4) A couple of US Senators are wanting an investigation into how the Florida unemployment system failed it’s citizens.
Here’s the link to the story:  https://tampabaytimes-fl.newsmemory.com/?publink=0ae892b11

Dear Friends,
I just signed the petition "Extend COVID19 Emergency Unemployment $600 per week
additional assistance through Dec 31, 2020"
and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.
This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better
chance we have of succeeding.
You can read more and sign the petition here:


Brothers and Sisters:

1) Here's an article saying that the bi-weekly reporting requirement waiver for unemployment has been extended again
through May 30, 2020, from the original May 9, 2020, date.

2) A link from the International office for a petition to send a letter to your representatives regarding the need for an
OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard, so returning workers have security in knowing their workplace is safe in this new Covid-19 world.

3) A link for an upcoming (May 12, 2020) virtual town hall hosted by IATSE International President Loeb and
SAG-AFTRA President Carteris. They will be having a discussion with California Congressman Adam Schiff.

4) Local 115 in Jacksonville recently held two large calls (UFC 249 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, and
AEW-All Elite Wrestling SAFELY at Daily’s Place Amphitheatre). Tents were set up outside of the work area
and a COVID-19 Rapid Test was given to every stagehand, road crew, venue staff and fighter before entering the
venue. Daily temperature checks, health questionnaire, portable wash stations, hand sanitizer stations, mandatory
masks covering, social distancing were in place to keep everyone safe.


1) https://floridapolitics.com/archives/331682-deo-extends-work-search-waiver-unemployed-to-recertify-every-two-weeks





1) An article from the Tampa Bay Times regarding a lawsuit that has been started against the Department of Economic Opportunity

2) A link to an article with information (such as eligibility) about the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance Program 

3) Here's a letter from The IATSE C.A.R.E.S. Task Force with information for members to apply for emergency financial assistance:
  Sisters, Brothers, Kin —

In this time of uncertainty around COVID-19, The Actors Fund is here for all IATSE members.

The Fund is distributing emergency financial assistance to help IATSE members in immediate financial need to cover basic living expenses, to help prevent evictions, and to pay for food, essential medications or utilities and more.

To apply for this assistance online, visit The Actors Fund website at  www.actorsfund.org/GetHelp.

In addition, The Actors Fund has compiled a list of  COVID-19 resources that may be helpful to IATSE members, and also offers  free online workshops, groups and seminars on career, financial wellness, health insurance, affordable housing and more. You can opt-in to receive  The Actors Fund’s monthly e-blast for the most up-to-date seminar schedule.

Visit  www.actorsfund.org to learn more.



Below are 4 items to help assist you.

1) is for monetary relief info for City of Tampa residents. 
2) is a website put out by the Florida Department of Agriculture. It contains a list of farmers in the state that are trying to sell produce/dairy/eggs that would normally go to restaurants and such. 
3) is a link for the IRS to track where your stimulus check is. You can also enter your bank account info on their site if you'd like the stimulus check to be direct deposit opposed to snail mail (which means a much faster payout according to the IRS)
4) is an email with attached links from the IATSE Training Trust for online education and safety courses. 

I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions, or information that may be helpful to the membership, please reach out to me.
Thanks and best wishes to all!

1) https://www.tampagov.net/relief-now/individuals

2) https://www.fdacs.gov/Agriculture-Industry/Florida-Farm-To-You

3) https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

4) www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/coronavirus-unemployment-forms-available-at-2-hillsborough-county-libraries/




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Unionist.com is a great source for union literature and merchandise.


Entertainment Technician Certification Program:  http://www.etcp.esta.org/
Go to this link and read about certification classes!!!


An animated knot site (not to be missed!).  http://www.animatedknots.com/