Close to 40 members of Congress have signed a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to include theater workers and other entertainment workers in any upcoming relief packages.
The letter comes after the theatrical unions had been lobbying individually and collectively to be included in relief packages granted to workers impacted by coronavirus. All of signatures on the letter are from Democratic members of the House, including Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), whom Actors’ Equity thanked for leading the effort.
“We are grateful for the leadership of Rep. Schiff and all the members of Congress who have made it clear they understand arts workers need to be protected during this unprecedented health emergency. We will continue to work in partnership with other entertainment unions to make the case that Congress must act,” Brandon Lorenz, Equity’s national director of communications and public policy, said in a statement.