Local USA 829 News

Vote NO on NY State CONstitutional CONvention, May 10, 2017.
NY State Members: Please Print & Distribute the PDF linked here. We urge you to VOTE NO in November, Rejecting the proposed NYS Constitutional Convention: NO-ConCon-in-NYS.pdf

The Actors Fund - Health Care in Crisis Campaign, April 26, 2017.
Dear USA 829 Member:

I’m sure you know that there is still talk of making changes to crucial national health care benefits like the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare.

But what you may not know is the devastating impact this could have on the performing arts community. Changes could force tens of thousands of arts professionals to go without health insurance or access to quality health care...artists with pre-existing conditions could once again be denied coverage.
We won’t sit idly by and let our community suffer.
That’s why The Actors Fund has launched our Health Care in Crisis Campaign—and we are counting on you to help us meet our $100,000 goal.  Please take a minute and click here to pitch in today.

Your gift today will be used to help:
• Expand our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center so we can provide informative education seminars, enrollment programs and counseling to every entertainment professional who seeks our help;
• Provide access to high quality health care services at our brand new Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts;
• Protect health services for our seniors and expand The Lillian Booth Actors Home so we can accommodate more seniors who need nursing care; and  
• Continue all the other critical services that entertainment professionals rely on us for.

Please say you’ll help. Use our secure online form to make a generous donation today.

Thank you,
Renata Marinaro
Director of Health Services, National

Job: 829 Seeks Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Admin, April 11, 2017.

Scenic Artists Apprenticeship Administrator

USA 829 Apprentice Trust Fund seeks to hire an Administrator. The work hours are eight per week and the job would require the following skills.

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and an understanding of QuickBooks.
  • Duties of the administrator include:
  1. The Administrator places apprentices on the Availability list and on the job, which includes discussing availability with Charges and being authorized to move apprentices from one job to another. When placing an Apprentice they will confirm that an Agreement is signed and in place, and that it has language for contributions to the ATF (Apprentice Training Fund). They will work to give Apprentices a well-rounded on the job training experience over the course of their apprenticeship.
  2. The Administrator prepares and reviews the record forms to be completed by the charge person under whom the apprentices receive instruction and experience. They also prepare and review the record forms for the apprentices work processes.
  3. The Administrator oversees the SA apprenticeship exam process along with the exam committee chairs and the apprenticeship committee. They schedule the seminar classes for the apprentices in conjunction with the instructors.
  4. The Administrator takes minutes for all ATF Trustee meetings (usually quarterly) and presents the financial statements for the meetings.
  5. The Administrator reviews the Federal 990, and will work with the ATF’s Accountants for annual tax filing. They will also review the 990 with a Trustee of the AFT for annual tax filing.
  6. General Administration of the Fund including review of insurance, and legal issues that might arise and be brought to the attention of the Trustees.
Please contact Beverly Miller at if you are interested in this position.

Important Op Ed on Worker's Comp, March 31, 2017.
This op ed eloquently makes the point that the Governor and the Legislature should not consider any legislation that would reduce benefits for injured workers.  Once again, low wage and immigrant workers would pay the heaviest price:

The article concludes that:

Workers’ Compensation is an essential benefit provided to workers in New York. When a worker is injured on the job, they are entitled to medical treatment and lost wages, paid by their employer’s insurance carrier. In exchange for the security of workers’ compensation, injured workers in New York typically cannot bring personal injury lawsuits against their employers. The system is supposed to function for the mutual benefit of employers and workers—employers are protected from lawsuits, and workers receive medical treatment and lost wages without pursuing a long, expensive legal action in court.

However, in recent years, this balance has shifted away from workers. Workers have faced decreased benefits, limited access to hearings when their claims are contested, and, as our report demonstrates, wholly inadequate interpretation services. Our report lays out concrete steps the Workers’ Compensation Board should implement immediately to improve language access for New York’s injured workers. 

Agreement Reached for Off-Broadway, March 9, 2017.
(New York, NY | Thursday, March 09, 2017)  The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE have announced that they have negotiated an inaugural contract for the first-ever Agreement for Off-Broadway Designers.  The historic deal was reached amicably, after negotiations concluded early morning on Saturday, March 4th (ironically on the birthday of the Off-Broadway League which was founded on March 4, 1959).  Upon ratification, the three year agreement memorializing standard practice in the industry will go into effect July 2017.
"Off-Broadway has always been a champion of artists and their work," said Adam Hess, President of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. "These productions could not happen without the contributions of the talented designers of USA. The Off-Broadway League is very grateful to USA for a successful negotiation fueled by mutual respect and a desire to work together to find creative solutions to the economic challenges facing our community. We hope this new agreement will foster more opportunities for our artists in the Off-Broadway community and beyond."
"This negotiation was both historic and a true example of what the process should be; the two sides came together and through consideration of the needs of both labor and management, created an agreement that will form the basis for what we hope is a long and mutually beneficial working relationship," said Cecilia Friederichs, National Business Agent for United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople, many who are world-famous, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are Artists and Designers working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership totals just over 4,300.
The Off-Broadway League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres, to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as the collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals.

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#.