Leaders of the Administrators Guild of America have introduced that main studios pays two weeks’ wage to below-the-line DGA members dropping jobs as a result of coronavirus shutdown.

DGA President Thomas Schlamme and nationwide govt director Russ Hollander made the announcement Wednesday night time of their newest message to their members.

“Our contracts employees and subject representatives have been working nonstop, connecting with a whole lot of members about their particular person work conditions, and advocating on their behalf,” they mentioned. “They’ve been in fixed contact with Studios, Networks and different employers, our sister guilds and unions, brokers and leisure attorneys. As a part of that work, the main studios have dedicated to 2 weeks of pay to hold our below-the-line members impacted by manufacturing shutdowns, and we’re in talks with different employers demanding they do the identical or higher. We’re additionally working arduous to safe reduction for administrators. For these of you who work in information, we’re pushing the Networks and Native Stations to offer a secure office.”

Schlamme and Hollander additionally mentioned, “With movie, tv and industrial manufacturing suspended in the meanwhile, and our members in information working arduous to maintain the world knowledgeable – we’ve got been in touch with so lots of you who’ve shared what’s in your minds. Whereas the scenario continues to stay fluid, we all know you’re in search of certainty in a sea of unknowns. Your Guild is right here so that you can be that beacon as we proceed to struggle on the entrance strains.”

The duo additionally mentioned the DGA Residuals division has labored across the clock and on weekends prematurely of the “Keep at Residence” order to fast-track hundreds of residuals checks price tens of tens of millions of {dollars}, including, “As extra checks are delivered, the crew is constant its unimaginable work to show them round as shortly as attainable.”

“We’re additionally conscious that numerous you might have raised considerations about your DGA dues,” Schlamme and Hollander mentioned.  “Quarterly dues stories will proceed as scheduled in April and members might be required to report their earnings. For members who can’t afford to pay their dues, we’ve got made the choice to chorus from suspending members for non-payment of dues by means of July 1st, at which era we’ll assess the scenario. However in case you have the nice fortune to have the ability to pay your dues presently, please do. That cash goes to assist function our Guild so we will proceed to guard you all through this pandemic. However once more, if you end up experiencing hardship and can’t pay presently, there may be leniency.”

Schlamme and Hollander mentioned the DGA Well being Plans are within the means of getting ready a e-newsletter that lays out specifics of maintainily protection and added: “However we need to guarantee these of you whose present protection expires on March 31st that when you’ve met your minimal earnings threshold ($35,000 in lined earnings) from January 2019 to December 2019 you’re lined by means of March 31, 2021. To reiterate, even when you had no earnings within the first quarter of 2020, you’re nonetheless protected for the following yr.”