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    Press release March 11, 2021

     On March 11th, 2020, the 21 Stagehands who work at College Street Music Hall voted unanimously in an NLRB-conducted election to be represented by IATSE Local 74.

    UPDATE: The management of the facility is still refusing to participate in our IATSE health care and retirement plans.  Management continues to reject contract terms providing for a standard hourly rate. Their position on healthcare is that the Stagehands should try to get medical insurance by finding work at other IATSE-covered venues so that College Street Music Hall will not have to incur the expense. As we stand outside College Street Music Hall, we have invited the Mayor of New Haven, Justin Elicker, Governor Ned Lamont, Senator Blumenthal, and Representative Rosa DeLauro from the 3rd District to join us. We are thankful for support from the Western CT AFL CIO and their team led by Molly Norris; UNITE HERE Local 33 and Jess Corbet, CWA Local 1298, Sunrise New Haven, New Haven Rising and IATSE Local 84, Local One and Local 632. We would also like to thank Alder Kimberly Edwards of the 19th Ward; who is a CWA member as well. Local 74 hopes that the New Haven Center for the Performing Arts (CSMH) will reach out to us to discuss the needs of their workforce with regards to Healthcare, Retirement, and an hourly rate.

    After many months of negotiations, the Local 74 Stagehands are still waiting for management to offer a fair contract. They work long hours and perform highly skilled jobs without any health care, retirement benefits or even a standard hourly wage rate. To anyone who has attended a show at this venue and to all those who believe that workers should be provided living wages and benefits, please support this cause. Tweet/FB/Post/Communicate to College Street Music Hall they must take care of its employees with proper working conditions and compensation. IATSE Local 74 will be finishing our picketing tomorrow outside the facility at 238 College Street in New Haven from 9am to 5pm. We are planning future informational picketing at this site in the upcoming weeks.


    Gardner R. Friscia

    IATSE Local 74 President



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  • Assistance for Financial and Health Related Needs

    If you are in need of any kind of help during this pandemic, whether its financial, medical, food etc...  Please look into these organizations below who are here to assist us during what is the most challenging of time for us all.  Also our Facebook/IATSE Local 74 is constantly updated with new programs that are available faster than we can type it all down here so please follow us.  

    Self Care Tips to Maintain Emotional Resilience During Covid 19 or anytime when life is difficult.

    1. Cultivate Flexibility - Make plans and do the things that are within your own control.

    2. Stay Informed, but try to set healthy limits.  Don't watch news 24/7.  Go offline all weekend or from 7pm on.   Set your limits to maintain your emotional wellness.

    3. Connect with others. Maintain your healthy relationships with family and friends.  Use zoom, google duo, facetime or just call someone and say HELLOOOOOOOOO!   Find a pandemic buddy(s)  www.iatsecares.org/buddy-up/  or volunteer to be one.  

    4. Don't be afraid to ask for HELP!!!  There are organizations listed here and on our facebook page, but this is not limited to ask your Doctor, clergy or counselor if distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks. 

    5. Take care of yourself.   Take care of  both your mind and body. Eat healthy, get your sleep, exercise, give yourself a break and take a deep breath, meditate, avoid excessive alcohol or drug use.  

    6 Be kind to yourself and others.  Remember, everyone reacts to stress and crisis differently.  Try to refrain from criticizing yourself and others.  Try hard...very hard....

    Behind the Scenes – financial support in the form of grants for entertainment technology professionals.  We have had members use this service before.  behindthescenescharity.org

    BTS is very pleased to announce the launch of the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, in partnership with HelpPRO. The Finder only includes listings for mental health professionals who have previously worked with clients in the entertainment industry or who have personal professional experience in the industry themselves.  Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative as well.  
    Users are able to search for a therapist using a simple search form which includes location, insurance accepted, what areas the therapist specializes in, and therapist availability such as whether they see clients remotely or on nights and weekends. An advanced search is available which also includes such criteria as theoretical approaches, credentials held by the therapist, specific populations they have experience with, and languages spoken. Both searches indicate whether the therapist is accepting new clients.
    Don’t forget to check our other resources, the free, anonymous online self-assessments and extensive list of resources.


    Actors Fund – all sorts of support – you don't have to be an actor -  financial counseling, mental health assistance, addiction and recovery, health care programs, amongst others.  This is one of the premier benefit services in the entertainment industry.  http://www.actorsfund.org


    Union Plus – an assortment of programs.  This is run by the AFL/CIO.  We probably know it best as the provider of the Union Plus credit card and discounts on services, but they also provide all sorts of programs and assistance for union members.  I have attached a brochure that we can send out to the membership if we want.  https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/hardship-help-financial-assistance?modal=register


    IATSE Health Insurance – For our members that have health insurance through the Union, the insurance will pay for addiction rehab http://www.iatsenbf.org/assets/Plan-A-Summary-of-Benefits-and-Coverage.pdf

    Alcoholics Anonymous

    Official site of the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc.


    General information, meetings, pamphlets, contacts and their magazine "NA Way."

    Top New Haven, CT Addiction Recovery Centers: Reviews and Ratings. If you are .... Other Nearby Cities and Top Treatment Center Areas in Connecticut:.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK

    http://wrinstitute.org/faq.aspx  - the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund assists members of the entertainment industry with medical rehabilitative needs (physical, occupational, COPD, and therapy programs).

    United Labor Agency (ULA)  http://www.ctula.org   

    Services are provided to all workers, union and non-union through the state of CT

    United Labor Agency 56 Town Line Road, Rocky Hill, CT  06067 (860) 258-6640 fax: (860) 258-6644

    211ct.org  United Way of Connecticut

    Helps people find and access the health and hman services they need, including food, shelter and other basic needs.

    ctfoodbank.org  Mobile food pantries during Coronovirus   give or receive to this great organization

    Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 | AFL-CIO


    how to get help with paying bills, rent, mortgages, debts and more 



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