THE UNION SOLIDARITY COALITION was founded by writer/directors who were moved to connect with crew affected by the 2023 WGA strike. Watching people honor our picket lines touched and inspired us, and presented us with a model for unity in action. Though the strike is the catalyst for creating TUSC, we feel this is just the beginning of a larger, urgent movement of solidarity between all of the industry unions, and also our coworkers who aren’t part of a union. We want to think big about how we can support each other in the face of a national labor crisis.
Right now, our focus is to offer direct financial support to crew members who have lost health insurance due to strike-related shutdowns. We will be hosting some events that act as both fundraisers and social gatherings for folks across the industry. And there will be more initiatives to come.
Donate to our strike fund. Money will go directly to IATSE and Teamster members who will not qualify for their health insurance next quarter due to strike shutdowns. TUSC is partnering with MPTF (Motion Picture and Television Fund) and its EHIS (Entertainment Health Insurance Solutions). MPTF and EHIS will talk directly to members in need, and get them signed up for the health plan that best suits their needs. The TUSC fund will then pay the premiums. It’s all about making sure that everyone in our industry has access to high quality healthcare no matter the current conditions in the industry.
Who Can Benefit
If you’re a Teamster or IATSE member who won’t qualify for healthcare this quarter, help is here! MPTF will guide you through the application, and make sure that you’re covered as quickly as possible.