'This fight had to happen': IATSE shows solidarity, allocates $4 million to support striking actors & writers
IATSE's General Executive Board unanimously approves an additional $2 million for its members amidst the ongoing Writers and Actors Strike, raising the total to $4 million.
Hollywood Writers strike (Source: Twitter)
In the ever-thickening plot of the ongoing Writers and Actors Strike, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has decided to take a firm step in supporting its members. As reported by Reel Chicago, the General Executive Board of IATSE wholeheartedly greenlit an additional $2 million to be dispersed via industry-acknowledged charities. This move is set to bolster the support of IATSE members who are reeling from the ramifications of the strike.
A Significant Boost in Support Funds
With this recent allocation, the pot for aiding members grappling with the effects of work stoppages swells to a commendable $4 Million. Previously, $2 Million had already been set aside for the cause.
These dedicated funds have found their specific beneficiaries - the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), The Entertainment Community Fund (earlier known as the Actors’ Fund), and the Actors Fund of Canada (AFC). Following the unfortunate and unsatisfactory conclusion of discussions between the studios and SAG-AFTRA, these charities reported an exponential surge in requests for emergency financial help, especially post the commencement of the strike on July 13.
Subheading: IATSE Stands in Solidarity
IATSE’s commitment to stand alongside its members during turbulent times rings loud and clear. IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb commented on the tumultuous situation, stating, “The painful effects of these work stoppages on our membership cannot be overstated. As difficult as these times are, we have heard time and again that our members understand that this fight had to happen, and their collective support for the Actors and Writers help ensure they will receive that same support when we return to the bargaining table ourselves.”
Such unwavering support from a major trade union like IATSE is sure to bolster the spirits of many during these challenging times. It's not just about financial help; it's about the unity and solidarity shown by a collective to ensure that fairness and justice prevail in the industry.
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