We have concluded the Membership vote for the development of the Local 399 Emergency Recovery Fund. The Local 399 Emergency Recovery Fund was approved by the Local 399 Membership on May 14th, 2020.
We’d to first thank all of our eligible Members who participated in this vote and took the time to thoroughly review the details of the Emergency Recovery Fund. We had 43% of eligible voters carefully consider this expenditure, and many that raised very important questions and valid concerns. Whether you voted to accept or reject this use of Local Union treasury funds, we are grateful for your participation in YOUR Union.
Since the Local 399 Recovery Fund was APPROVED by the Membership, we would like to share the details of this fund again to highlight the support that will be made available to Local 399 Members that have found themselves in extreme financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that as a Union Family, when one of our Brothers or Sisters are hurting, we should be able to find ways to support them to the best of our ability.
Details of the Local 399 Emergency Recovery Fund Below:
The Local 399 Emergency Recovery Fund was approved by the Executive Board on Thursday, April 23rd and accepted by the Membership on May 14th. This fund will allocate up to $500,000 from the Local 399 Treasury to pay for the Emergency Recovery Fund which will be administered by the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
- This fund will be reserved exclusively for 399 Members that have found themselves in extreme financial hardship and will be given in the form of a grant of up to $1,000 per family. These grants do not go directly to Members, but rather to those designated vendors (banks for mortgages or car payments, utility company, landlord, healthcare providers or insurers) provided to MPTF.
- The allocation to MPTF will be paid out in $50,000 increments to make sure we only spend based on the actual need. If any money from the last $50,000 allotment remains, then those funds will remain with MPTF to be used for Members or Retirees of Local 399 with future needs.
- The total amount spent will be based on how many Members utilize this fund.
Please spend some time reviewing the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ that have been developed to further outline this fund, how to apply, and the eligibility requirements.
If you are in need of immediate assistance at this time, please contact MPTF today as they will be able to begin processing your claim and may even be able to access other resources to serve even more of our Members prior to our fund launching next week. We are beyond grateful for the support and hard work of MPTF in serving all Entertainment Industry Workers navigating this difficult time.
MPTF INTAKE LINE: 323-634-3888
We know this situation has impacted each and every one of our Members differently. We are doing all within our power to support our Members on a day-to-day basis, with the ultimate goal of getting our Members safely back to the work they love. If you feel there is anything more we can be doing or have any questions about this Fund, please do not hesitate to reach out.