Unemployment & economic support for live-entertainment workers

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Live-Entertainment Workers, we urgently need your support!  

Whatever the next (and perhaps final) policy to effect our economic lives will come in the next few weeks, and likely before July 2, 2020 (edit: revised to start negotiations after the July 4th Senate two week recess).

We live-entertainment workers need support in the next legislation (which will come, in part, from the Houses HEROES Act).  Unlike other sectors of employment, we stand to be one of the final sectors to return to employment.  

We WANT to return to work!

A return to work bonus (currently being discussed as $450/week by the Senate) will NOT help us.  Until states deem it possible and safe for us to gather again, we will not have employment.  The current boosted federal unemployment insurance is not dis-incentivizing us from working, it is keeping us afloat.  If you factor in that MANY workers are also now separated from our employers and thus our health-care, we are now using that 'extra' money to pay for COBRA or health care.

Until we can return to work, we need continued support in this next phase of legislation.  We petition for the following:

  • Extended regular (state) unemployment of a maximum of 99 weeks (as was had during the Great Recession).
  • Continued $600/week federal boost until we return to work.  
  • COBRA subsidy to help continue health insurance (during a global pandemic).
  • State funding for Covid-19 testing, tracing and treatment.  The sooner the Covid is behind us, the sooner we can return to work!