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Brothers and Sisters,
We know that you and your members have been through a tremendous amount of stress during the past few weeks and we hope that this email continues to find you safe and healthy.
As you know, the International has been fully engaged in both the United States and Canada throughout this crisis. We have lobbied governments to provide unemployment benefits to our members, worked with benefit plans to implement changes, established IATSE C.A.R.E.S., negotiated with many employers to continue payments to our members for a period of time and the General Executive Board has approved a $2.5 million contribution to three industry charities to assist our affected members. All Officers, Representatives and Staff are operating remotely and continue to assist and service our local unions and their members.
We are very aware of the financial and economic impact the COVID-19 shutdown has had on your Locals and your memberships. On March 18th all local union Treasurers and Secretaries were sent an email advising them of a temporary change to Article Nineteen, Section 13 to reduce financial pressures on our Locals. As the crisis has continued, we have examined additional options to partner with our local unions and provide them with relief on their per capita obligations.
Based on those reviews and our efforts to continue to support our Locals and Members, the General Executive Board has approved a reduction to second quarter per capita payments. Upon the submission of second quarter reports, the International will reduce the numbers reported by each Local by one third. This will have the practical effect of eliminating one third (one month) of the amount of per capita payments that are due for the second quarter. This will result in a savings of almost $3.0 million in per capita payments for our local unions.
Each Local should submit their second quarter report as normal with the actual number of members listed and the one third reduction calculation will be done automatically by our system in the General Office. Per capita stamps will be issued in accordance with the actual numbers reported in order that each of your dues paying members receives a per capita stamp. For those Locals that have already paid for the second quarter or beyond, there will be a credit issued to your account once you submit your second quarter report and that credit will be able to be used in future quarters.
We wish all of you and your families health and safety in these challenging times.
Matthew D. Loeb
James B. Wood