Hundreds of IATSE members and their supporters marched in Philadelphia today to the offices of Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to demand that he support the HEROES Act, which would extend the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit through the end of the year for those thrown out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. The march was spearheaded by IATSE Stagehands Local 8 in Philadelphia.
See Local 8’s video of the rally below.
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The $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit that millions of unemployed workers across the country had been receiving expired earlier this month. In its place, President Trump has issued an executive order that would cut the federal subsidy by half. IATSE president Matt Loeb recently called on the Senate to “begin negotiations on the House-passed HEROES Act which will provide the federal relief that working families across the country require.”
This is what happens when Washington ignores the plight of unemployed entertainment workers and their families. As we speak, @IATSELocal8 kin and allied workers are marching to @SenToomey's office to demand the @SenateGOP #ExtendThe600 and pass the #HEROESActNOW pic.twitter.com/nJJAQ4ZMnA
— IATSE (@IATSE) August 13, 2020