ANNOUNCED TODAY: ‘The Safe Way Forward’: Joint Report from Industry Unions & Guilds and Los Angeles County Health Department Reopening Protocols  

Announced today are two more documents outlining proposed Safety Guidelines in the effort to get our Members back to work.

In the next major steps toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today released “The Safe Way Forward“, a Multi-Union Report on Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. The Guidelines set forth a detailed set of science-based protocols serving as a path for Employers to uphold their responsibility of providing safe workplaces in a pre-vaccine, Covid-19 world. The Guidelines serve as an essential and necessary element of a return to work for the Unions and Guilds representing film and television casts and crews.

These guidelines have been developed jointly by the Unions and Guilds in consultation with leading epidemiologists and experts, the Guidelines are a follow-up to the Industry White Paper recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California, and other state governments. This document is not a comprehensive document of all classifications and crew members, however it helps to outline the responsibility of the Employers in providing a safe working environment, and specific protocols regarding mandatory testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and procedures. We will be continuing to discuss with our Local Union Steering Committees to continue to develop department specific considerations.

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The Safe Way Forward: A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

Also released today are the Los Angeles County Health Department Reopening Protocols for Music, Television and Film Production.

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We want to remind our Members that we will be hosting a Local 399 Digital Town Hall on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be providing an update regarding the next steps in this process of getting our Members back to work, as well as answering questions submitted by the Membership. If you did not receive an email with the link to register, please email or 


Should you have any questions about the information provided by either document shared in this email, please reach out to your Business Agent directly. Again, we want to stress these are living documents. All parties are continuing to refine and define departmental concerns and protocols and each Union and Guild will have items that will need to be bargained over with the employers in the coming weeks.

We are grateful for the collaborative process in developing the Union Guidelines with our Sister Guilds and Unions who all share the same goal; getting our Members safely back to work as soon as possible in order to see our Industry return and thrive once again.