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DGA: Studios Paying Two Weeks’ Salary to Members Losing Jobs In Coronavirus Shutdown

Leaders of the Administrators Guild of America have introduced that main studios pays two weeks’ wage to below-the-line DGA members shedding jobs due to the coronavirus shutdown.

DGA President Thomas Schlamme and nationwide govt director Russ Hollander made the announcement Wednesday night time of their newest message to their members.

“Our contracts workers and discipline representatives have been working nonstop, connecting with tons of of members about their particular person work conditions, and advocating on their behalf,” they mentioned. “They’ve been in fixed contact with Studios, Networks and different employers, our sister guilds and unions, brokers and leisure legal professionals. As a part of that work, the main studios have dedicated to two weeks of pay to carry our below-the-line members impacted by manufacturing shutdowns, and we’re in talks with different employers demanding they do the identical or higher. We’re additionally working exhausting to safe reduction for administrators. For these of you who work in information, we’re pushing the Networks and Native Stations to present a protected office.”

Schlamme and Hollander additionally mentioned, “With movie, tv and business manufacturing suspended in the interim, and our members in information working exhausting to hold the world knowledgeable – we now have been in touch with so lots of you who’ve shared what’s in your minds. Whereas the state of affairs continues to stay fluid, we all know you’re searching for certainty in a sea of unknowns. Your Guild is right here for you to be that beacon as we proceed to battle on the entrance strains.”

The duo additionally mentioned the DGA Residuals division has labored across the clock and on weekends upfront of the “Keep at Dwelling” order to fast-track hundreds of residuals checks value tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, including, “As extra checks are delivered, the group is continuous its unbelievable work to flip them round as shortly as attainable.”

“We’re additionally conscious that various you might have raised issues about your DGA dues,” Schlamme and Hollander mentioned.  “Quarterly dues experiences will proceed as scheduled in April and members will probably be required to report their earnings. For members who can’t afford to pay their dues, we now have made the choice to chorus from suspending members for non-payment of dues by means of July 1st, at which era we are going to assess the state of affairs. However you probably have the great fortune to have the ability to pay your dues right now, please do. That cash goes to assist function our Guild so we will proceed to defend you all through this pandemic. However once more, if you end up experiencing hardship and can’t pay right now, there may be leniency.”

Schlamme and Hollander mentioned the DGA Well being Plans are within the technique of getting ready a publication that lays out specifics of maintainily protection and added: “However we would like to guarantee these of you whose present protection expires on March 31st that if you happen to’ve met your minimal earnings threshold ($35,000 in lined earnings) from January 2019 to December 2019 you’re lined by means of March 31, 2021. To reiterate, even if you happen to had no earnings within the first quarter of 2020, you’re nonetheless protected for the following yr.”

 

 

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