Licensed Ushers and
"Unity is Strength"
To our Local 176 family, (Posted August 19,2020)
On behalf of the Officers and Executive Board of Local 176, we continue to hope that all members and their families are healthy and safe throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.
At 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 a Local 176 Executive Board Meeting was held. All Officers and Executive Board members were in attendance except Recording Secretary Karen Finkelman and Executive Board Member William Gouldman. The meeting was called to update all on the continuing impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our members and our union. Secretary Treasurer Carlo Foti gave an end of fiscal year report. Our treasury is currently stable, but with all venues still closed, and not providing work for our members, there is no revenue coming in to the Local’s treasury. Treasurer Foti closed his report with cautious optimism for our future.
The Executive Board again unanimously approved Vice-President Smith’s motion to continue waiving the charging of dues for the month of September, as well as continuing the payroll reductions to the Union Officers. The Executive Board unanimously approved both motions, to be reviewed in September.
Vice-President Smith, Business Agent Marinacci and I had a teleconference with MSG representatives to discuss extending the current contract, due to the pandemic, for one year. MSG reps asked for time to review our proposal and they will get back to us. They did say that all members who are covered by MSG’s Health Insurance will continue to be covered at this time, MSG will be absorbing the cost of the 20% that our members would have paid. MSG stressed that when MSG reopens, the work of Ticket Taker, Director, and Usher will be done by our members !!!
The Officers and Executive Board continue to be here to represent and assist the membership. These are not easy times, but our union members must continue to be strong and persevere; for our families, for our union, and for our country.
Local 176-Licensed Ushers & Ticket Takers Union