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PLEASE READ: Cold Stress Guide 2014, November 17, 2014.

Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress. Some workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods, for example, snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers and emergency response and recovery personnel, like firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Cold stress can be encountered in these types of work environment. Film crews can be added to that list. The frequently asked questions found in the linked PDF file (below) will help workers understand what cold stress is, how it may affect their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

Please download the Cold Stress Guide 2014 from this link:

Cold Stress Guide 2014

The Actors Fund Workshops, Groups & Seminars NY, November 7, 2014.

The Actors Fund Workshops, Groups & Seminars

   November 2014
Workshops, Groups and Seminars
Free of charge
View NY workshops on our website»
Free Flu Shots for the Performing Arts and Entertainment Community
Friday, November 14th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 10th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Friday, December 19th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
475 West 57th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

Union members, kindly present your card. Appointments are not necessary. Dates and times are subject to change. For the latest information regarding flu shot days, call 212.489.1939; at the start of the recording, press option 3.
Resume Writing Workshop
Part 1 Thursday, November 20
Part 2 Thursday, December 5
12:00 - 2:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Career Exploration 101
Part 1 Friday, November 21
Part 2 Friday, December 5
12:00 - 2:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor
For AWP members by reservation only.

Planning Your Future & Honoring Your Wishes: Helping you make legal decisions about your life
Wednesday, November 12
3:00 - 4:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor

Please join The Actors Fund's HIV/AIDS Initiative and our guest presenters: Dan Evans, Senior Staff Attorney from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis for an informative session addressing the various legal issues concerning those living with HIV/AIDS.

AWP Presents the New York State Afterschool Network
Friday, November 14
1:00 - 3:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor

An informative discussion with the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) on the various career opportunities available in afterschool programming. Learn how to use their exclusive job board and apply for work. RSVP required. Limited seating.

Every Artist Insured
Every Tuesday, November 18 - February 10, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Every Thursday | 12:30 - 1:30 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor
No reservations necessary. Space limited so please arrive early

This workshop will: walk you through your options and requirements, provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed, help you figure out how to get affordable or free health insurance with the help of tax credits or Medicaid, give you tips for easier enrollment and help you find health care if you’re uninsured.
The New Frontier: Working with the Aging Community
Thursday, November 20
5:30 - 7:00 pm
AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

A panel of speakers will share the range of work they do in settings that support the activities and quality of life of the every-growing over-55 to senior population.

Money Matters: Home Buyer Readiness
Monday, December 1
5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor

Join Esther Robinson from ArtHome to learn all about how to prepare yourself for home ownership and take advantage of lucrative first-time home buyer programs. Space is limited, please RSVP

Make Your HIV Benefits Work for You
Wednesday, December 10
3:00 - 4:30 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor

The Actors Fund presents a forum for those with HIV/AIDS to better understand available benefits and resources. This is also an opportunity for current recipients to broaden their understanding of their coverage.
Representatives from the following agencies will be present:
  • HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration – City of New York)
  • ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program – State of New York)
  • Social Security: Disability / Supplemental Security / Retirement.
  • AHIRC (Artists Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors Fund)
Question and answer forum following the brief presentations.
Healing Careers
Thursday, December 11
5:30 - 7:00 pm
AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

Drama, Dance, and Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, Personal Training, Social Work, Psychotherapy, and Speech Therapy are some of the healing occupations that build on the mind-body connections developed by entertainment professionals. Come hear from AWP members who have pursued education and training to develop therapeutic sideline and second careers.
Please know due to popular demand the following groups are currently full to capacity. We hope you will check out next month's Actors Fund Workshops, Groups and Seminars email or our online calendar and look for opportunities to join our open groups in the upcoming months.

If you would like to be put on the group wait lists please contact the group leaders.

Women Helping Women Cope with Stress
This group is designed to help women in the performing arts and entertainment industry work towards peace of mind, focusing on total wellness, and gaining a sense of empowerment through mutual support. The group will offer opportunities to share concerns with others and develop personal strategies for wellness, with the goals of enhancing mood, self-esteem, positive body image, and optimizing one’s own physical and mental health.
Explore how your response to anxiety and depression are  driving your symptoms and develop skills for an alternate response in an 8 week psycho-educational group.
  • Intake interview required
  • Group members must commit to attending all eight sessions
  • Full participation via outside class assignments mandatory
Hunter's Point South Living Information Session (Brooklyn)Event Brite button
Monday, November 17 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Hunter's Point South Living Information Session (Queens)
Thursday, November 20 | 7:00 - 8:30 pmEvent Brite button
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Ave
Little Theater #M134
Long Island City, NY 11101
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Hunter's Point South Living Information Session (Manhattan)
Monday, November 24 | 6:30 - 8:00 pmEvent Brite button
Hunter’s Point South Housing Informational Forum at
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
The Pershing Square Signature Theatre
480 W. 42nd Street (near 10th Ave)
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Looking for an apartment in New York City close to entertainment industry employment? Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offers brand new, permanently rent stabilized apartments in Long Island City, Queens. Apartments are available for households at low-, moderate-, and middle-income levels.  View rents and income eligibility here. More info at The deadline to apply is December 15th.
Finding Subsidized Housing in NYCEvent Brite button
Tuesday, November 25
5:30 - 7:30 pm
729 Seventh Avenue 10th Floor
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Did you know that New York City is planning to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years? This two-hour seminar for performing arts and entertainment professionals provides an overview of government-subsidized housing in New York City, which is available for low, moderate, and middle-income households. The following questions will be addressed:
  • How do you find and apply for subsidized housing?
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • How does a housing lottery work?
  • Can you get on a waiting list?
  • How do you document your income if it fluctuates year to year?
  • How can you best prepare yourself for an interview?
  • What can you do if you're rejected?

“Are you looking for affordable Housing?”
For more information and applications visit our website
We are accepting applications for the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence on West 57th Street in Manhattan and The Shermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.
The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence has 2, 3, 4 one bedrooms apartment shares in the heart of Manhattan with river views and balconies.
Income eligibility falls between $17,000 and $36,120 gross annual. Rents start at $645. At The Friedman,  Arts and Entertainment applicants with HIV AIDS rental subsidies will be prioritized for our wait list.
The Schermerhorn has great studio apartments and a great performance space in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn close to all transportation. Income eligibility falls between $21,770 and $36,120. Rents start at $635. Arts and Entertainment applicants will be prioritized for our wait list.
Continuing Activities
For a list of current services, visit

AA Meeting - The Green Room
Every Thursday, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
212.221.7300 ext. 114

Debtors Anonymous Meeting
Every Thursday, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
212.221.7300 ext. 114
Call 212.354.5480 ext. 253

Actors Fund Work Program Orientation
Every Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Space is limited.
Doors closed 5 minutes after.
If you are a member of an entertainment industry union, please bring your card.

Network Now
Every Monday
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Job Search and Interview Skills Clinic
Every Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Job Search Intensive
Every Wednesday
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Open to AWP members who have attended at least one job search seminar.

Resume Writing Workshop
3rd & 4th Thursdays
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Career Exploration 101
3rd & 4th Fridays
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
For AWP members by reservation only.

LinkedIn Workshop for Beginners
Every Friday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pre-registration required

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured documented entertainment industry professionals between the ages of 18 to 64.
info: 212.489.1939

Every Artist Insured: Navigating Health Care Reform
Every Thursday | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Every Tuesday until February 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Health Care Reform for Small Businesses
The first Tuesday of every month
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
To register:

The Dancers Health Insurance Resource Center
info: 800.798.8447 ext. 280

Welcome to Medicare
Every Monday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This seminar is for anyone who will soon be getting Medicare and wants to learn more about how it works, or for anyone who currently has Medicare and has questions about it. It will be facilitated by an Actors Fund staff person and a volunteer trained by the Medicare Rights Center.
Reservations not necessary. You can just show up!

The Dorothy Ross Friedman, (formerly The Aurora) The Actors Fund's 30-story high rise in Manhattan offering supportive, affordable housing for low income working professionals, seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS, is now accepting applications.

The Schermerhorn, The Actors Fund's facility in collaboration with Common Ground, featuring affordable, supportive housing for single adults, is now accepting applications.

Notify NYC
In NYC emergencies can happen at any time. Notify NYC is a new program from the New York City Office of Emergency Management designed to keep you up to date about emergencies and services that impact all New Yorkers, whether it’s at home, work or in the community. Choose from alerts about events, public health, school closings and delays, and parking rules suspensions, and have them sent to your either your email or mobile phone. Register for free by visiting or by calling 311 today.
Affordable Care Act seminars in New York City are made possible, in part, by generous grants from The New York Community Trust and the Community Service Society of New York Small Business Assistance Program, with additional support for the New York City dance community provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor | New York, NY 10019
212.221.7300 t | 800.221.7303 t |
Mission: The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts & entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.
 Copyright (C) 2014 The Actors Fund All rights reserved.

Production Design Lecture Video from General Society, November 4, 2014.
Follow this link to a video of the lecture on Production Design given by Kalina Ivanov on 11/4 at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen:

And here's the letter from the Society thanking Sister Ivanov for her lecture: 

Dear Kalina,
On behalf of the Board of Governors and everyone associated with the Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series, thank you so much for your eloquent presentation on Tuesday, November 4th.
It was a fascinating and extremely well-presented lecture, and provided a wonderful beginning to our  Labor Lecture Series and our collaboration this year with the United Scenic Artists (thank you Bev Miller!). We so appreciated the trouble you had gone to, to present a detailed overview of the production design process, and we were extremely impressed with the scope of your creativity and vision for your varied projects. 
As you saw our audience was completely captivated by your talk, This is a comment we received that was typical of the audience reaction:  "I found Kalina Ivanov's presentation this past Tuesday a truly lovely experience - informative, funny, interesting and energetic. All the hallmarks of an engaging event."
We hope to see you again in the future as a library visitor or our guest at future lectures.
Thank you so much again for sharing your valuable expertise with our constituency.
It was a great pleasure to meet you.
Very best,

Karin Taylor
Program Director
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212 840 1840, ext 2

New Health Plan C-4 Announced, September 15, 2014.

Please read about the just-announced IATSE National Benefit Health Plan C-4 by clicking below:

IA Plan C-4 Announcement

For more information, read the 2014 IA Health Plan C Benefits at a Glance by clicking below:

2014 IA Health Plan C Benefits At A Glance 2014

NEW! Designer Organizing Drive 2014-15, August 26, 2014.
Please visit this page on the USA 829 website:

For all information and forms necessary regarding the Designer Organizing Drive, running from October 2014 through January 2015.

USA 829 VFX Website Online!, June 10, 2014.

Please click below to visit the VXF website:

Hose & Fan Set-up to Exhaust Diesel Fumes, April 17, 2014.

Hose & Fan Set-up to Exhaust Diesel Fumes from the Marcy Armory


Seen below are photos of what a proper diesel ventilation system looks like, but it also must be engineered correctly.  For example, the system depends on how much air the fan can move (cfm – cubic feet per minute) and the fan's ability to overcome the air-flow resistance of that long yellow duct (static pressure).


Remember: members should always call the NY Business Office212-581-0300 – when they think a situation might be unsafe, or have questions about procedures or materials that they are uncertain about!



Hoses are attached to the exhaust pipe of a diesel-powered crane or lift (at Marcy Armory)
















The hose runs
from the equipment towards a fan, located near an exterior door.




The hose, coming from the equipment, reaches the appropriately-rated fan, near the exterior door.  













The exhaust hose runs from the fan, through the door, and to the outside, ending as far away from the door as possible to prevent blow-back of diesel fumes, and out of the way of pedestrian traffic.


New Website Login for Members, October 4, 2010.

Welcome to the new USA 829 website!

Members: Your log-in data has changed. To log in as a member, you must use the following data:

Username = Your valid e-mail address, as found in the USA 829 member database.
     Contact any USA 829 office immediately to register your e-mail address if they don't already have it. Without that, you cannot log in to this website! Please don't assume that the union has the correct address for you: call them and verify it now.

Password = Your CAPITALIZED First Name InitialCAPITALIZED Last Name Initial +
     last 4 digits of Social Security #.
     Example: the Password for John Doe with SS# of 123-45-6789 would be JD6789.
     The Password is always case-sensitive, so JD6789 will work, while jd6789 or Jd6789 or jD6789 will not.

NOTE: Foreign members have been assigned a Password that uses their initials with their member number instead of the last four numbers of the SS#.