Labor Movement Relief Funds

A number of unions, guilds and affiliated nonprofits have established relief funds for workers devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which are listed below. Your donation will help provide crucial support to workers during this challenging time.

Actors’ Equity Curtain Up Fund

Help everyone in performing arts and entertainment in need, in particular seniors, immunocompromised individuals and those in financial distress.

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The Actors Fund

Help our nation’s performing arts and entertainment community in times of need.

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AFA-CWA Distaster Relief Fund

Assistance for flight attendants or their partners or surviving families in the aftermath of disasters.

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The AFC

Help provide crucial support to Canada’s arts and entertainment professionals and their families.

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AFM Emergency Relief Fund

Help support American Federation of Musicians members in need.

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AGMA Relief Fund

Help provide critical aid to American Guild of Musical Artists members in times of crisis.

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Motion Picture and Television Fund

Help provide essential programs and services for the entertainment industry community.

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National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund

Help provide immediate financial support for domestic workers.

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SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Help provide relief to SAG-AFTRA members impacted by the pandemic.

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UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund

Donate to help hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19.

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AFL-CIO COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

The Information on the pandemic and virus is constantly evolving, and this site is updated frequently.

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, and the disease is spreading rapidly across the United States. Federal, state and local governments are taking steps to slow the spread of the disease by limiting crowds in public settings, such as schools, workplaces, public transportation, and cultural and sporting events. These necessary measures not only disrupt everyday life but cause economic uncertainty for millions of working people.

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all workers, including workers on the front lines of this public health emergency. We have trained, educated and equipped our members with the tools they need to be safe on the job, but we are demanding additional urgent action to ensure employers implement comprehensive plans to protect front-line workers and reduce the risk of exposure to the general public.

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems. We cannot afford to allow cost considerations to discourage workers from taking the necessary action to protect public health. Workers should not incur additional costs for doing what is recommended or required, including staying home from work or getting the tests and treatments they need.

The pandemic also is beginning to inflict a heavy toll on the economy. We are doing everything we can to limit the negative impact on the livelihoods of working people, and we continue to demand dramatic action from local, state, and federal governments on a scale every bit as large as the threat.

Below are resources and guidance from leading experts, government agencies and America’s unions about the COVID-19 pandemic, and recommendations to limit its impact on working families.

GENERAL GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS

HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE AND RELIEF FUNDS

Participants in the Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or supplemental insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance. Visit Union Plus Hardship Help for eligibility requirements

2020 Primary Most Frequently Asked Questions

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I voted by mail or in person before March 17, 2020, do I need to vote again?

No, all ballots already submitted by mail or in-person will count, so long as they were otherwise valid. If you voted prior to March 17th your ballot is secured behind double locks at your county board of elections and will be counted on April 28th. Please encourage friends and family who haven’t already voted to request an absentee ballot from your local board of elections.

Will there be in-person voting on April 28, 2020?

Yes, but since most Ohioans are being advised to stay home right now, the new law only allows for limited in-person voting on April 28th. In-person voting will only occur on April 28 and only at boards of elections early vote centers, not at precinct polling locations. And in-person voting will only be available for individuals with disabilities who require in-person voting and those who do not have a home mailing address.

What is the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 primary?

The deadline to register for the 2020 primary election was February 18, 2020. Anyone who is eligible to vote, but has not yet registered, can do so for the November 3, 2020 General Election, at VoteOhio.gov(opens in a new window).

What should disabled or visually impaired voters do if they rely on accessible voting machines?

A remote ballot marking system is available through each county board of elections for use by an absentee voter with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The remote ballot marking system allows a qualifying voter to mark their ballot privately and independently. You can contact your county board of elections or fill out the Form 11-G online form.

Disabled and visually impaired voters may also vote at the board of elections early vote center on April 28, 2020.

I have since moved. Do I need to update my registration before requesting my ballot?

A voter must be properly registered by February 18, 2020. If a voter has moved but did not update their address, the voter may apply for a ballot and will receive a provisional ballot by mail from the board of elections. State law requires registration and address changes for the 2020 primary to be completed by February 18th 2020, so no new address changes or registrations are being accepted for the 2020 primary.

When will the results of the election be announced?

Tabulation of votes will begin on April 28, 2020 after 7:30 p.m. It’s important to note that ballots postmarked by April 27, 2020 will all be counted, so final unofficial results won’t be available until May 8, 2020. (This is standard for every election.)

ABSENTEE VOTING

I don’t have a printer. Can I request an absentee ballot?

Yes. You can call your county board of elections and a request can be sent to you. A directory of all boards can be found here: OhioSoS.gov/boards.

Voters who can’t print their own form may also simply write the following information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it to their board of elections;

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • full registration address including county
  • address where ballot should be mailed if different from your registration address
  • one of the these: Ohio driver’s license number, last four of your Social Security number or include a copy of an acceptable form of ID
  • state that “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17th Ohio Primary”
  • indicate if you want a: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian or Issues only ballot (choose only one)
  • sign it
  • today’s date
  • phone number (optional, but suggested)
  • email address (optional but suggested)

When does my ballot need to be postmarked?

Unless you are a member of the U.S. military currently deployed overseas or an American living abroad, ballots must be postmarked by April 27, 2020 and received by the board of elections by May 8, 2020 to be counted in the primary election if the proper information was provided on the identification envelope.

I’m registered to vote but have changed my name. Can i still vote?

Yes. If you are able to provide a signed Form 10-L and a proof of the name change(opens in a new window), a regular ballot may be provided. However, if you request a ballot under a former name and request to receive an absentee ballot by mail, a provisional ballot will be provided to you by your local board of elections.

What date do I put on the absentee ballot application under “date of election?”

Please write March 17, 2020 (or 03/17/2020) as the election date has not changed, only extended for mail-in voting. However, anyone who writes another date will still have their absentee application processed if the remainder of the required information is included on the request.

Can corona virus be spread over the handling of paper?

The experts at the Ohio Department of Health have said that COVID-19 doesn’t spread by penetrating the skin on your hands, but only leads to infection when it is transferred from your hand to places like your mouth, nose, or eyes. Given that, the best measure you can take to prevent the spread of germs is washing your hands after handling mail and even cash.

Is voting by mail secure?

Yes. From the moment you request your ballot to the moment it is received at the board of election to be counted, the ballot may be tracked at VoteOhio.gov. Ballots are stored securely in rooms requiring both a Democrat and Republican staff member to gain access.

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND CANDIDATES

Has the deadline for independent candidates been changed? (the deadline says “day before the day of the primary election” in the orc)

No. As the election has not been rescheduled, only extended, all of the deadlines stay in place except for absentee mail-in ballot submissions.

My ballot issue committee, for a school levy, wants to file for the august special election if it fails in the primary. Can i still do that?

Yes, as this extended election ends on April 28, 2020, the deadline to file for the August special election is May 6, 2020. A question or issue that is approved by the voters in the Primary may be withdrawn before the August special election.

I’m a candidate, campaign or committee. Can i send absentee ballot requests to my supporters?

Yes, you can send the absentee ballot request form to any Ohio voter who hasn’t already voted. You can find and print that form here(opens in a new window). Make sure to let them know the address of their county board of elections which can be found here. You may also include a pre-addressed envelope with the board of elections address on it but state law says that you may not provide them postage.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Accessible Absentee Voting in Ohio.

Click here for a printable (PDF) version of these Frequently Asked Questions

 

State Resources and Benefits Available for Workers Impacted by COVID-19.

State Resources and Benefits

ALABAMA

ALASKA

ARIZONA

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • FAQs About COVID-19 & Earned Paid Sick Time (rev. March 17, 2020)
  • Updates on changes to Unemployment Insurance, additional benefits and services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO

CONNECTICUT

DELAWARE

  • Press Announcement: The Delaware Department of Labor Expands Unemployment Benefits to Workers Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
  • Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FLORIDA 

  • Reemployment Assistance Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
  • Apply for unemployment benefits

GEORGIA

  • New information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services
  • How to file for unemployment insurance claim
  • FAQs for claimants filing for unemployment benefits due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

INDIANA 

IOWA

KANSAS

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI

  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program, includes information on filing for unemployment insurance

MISSOURI

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Businesses and Workers
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources
  • Apply for unemployment insurance claim online

MONTANA 

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) mandatory notice – new policy re: visiting New Hampshire offices
  • News Release: Governor Sununu Issues Three Emergency Orders To Provide Relief (re: utilities, housing, unemployment benefits)
  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO 

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

  • FAQs regarding Unemployment Insurance and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • General information about the Unemployment Insurance program

https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Information for Pennsylvania employees impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PUERTO RICO

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE 

TEXAS 

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OTHER RESOURCES

Support for Food, Mental Health and Employment Service

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Resources

 

UHCAN Ohio and Advocates for Ohio’s Future compiled resources where you can find help for yourself, your family or your neighbors. The information is available on the AOF website.

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Unemployment Insurance Benefits – If you have been requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, or have been laid-off, you may file for unemployment benefits online athttps://unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov/cmtview/ or by calling 1-877-644-6562. Please visit Ohio Jobs and Family Services’ Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for more information.

Health Care – If you do not have health care coverage or have lost it, you may be able to get affordable coverage through Medicaid or the Marketplace. Check first to see if you qualify for Medicaid at https://benefits.ohio.gov/. If you have changed or lost your job, you may be able to get affordable coverage through the Marketplace athttps://www.healthcare.gov/screener/ 

Patients who need hospital care, but are unable to pay for it, may be eligible for free or reduced fee care at Ohio hospitals through the Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP). Applications for HCAP are accepted by the hospital where care was received, and patients seeking HCAP assistance should contact their hospital’s billing department for application instructions.

There are a few resources for assistance with prescription costs. See these resources herehttp://uhcanohio.org/rxassistance/ 

Child Support – If you are having problems paying child support or you need additional child support, contact your county child support enforcement agency (CSEA). The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment. The amount could go up, go down or stay the same. To find the CSEA in your county, call (800) 686-1556 toll-free or visitjfs.ohio.gov/County.

Cash Assistance – You can apply for cash assistance online by going to Benefits.Ohio.gov or by filling out a“Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance” formand submitting it to your county department of job and family services. Ohio counties are waiving various work and community engagement requirements and granting good cause exemptions in light of the pandemic.

Child Care – ODJFS offers financial assistance to help eligible parents pay for child care while they work. Call your county department of job and family services. For more information, go tojfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/ChildCare.pdf or call (877) 852-0010

Food – You can apply for food assistance online atBenefits.Ohio.gov To be eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), your family income cannot exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. You also can check your eligibility by calling your county department of job and family services. More information about the program is available atjfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/foodassistance.pdf.

You may be eligible for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is distributed through local nonprofit agencies, such as food pantries. To be eligible for TEFAP, your family income must be below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. To find a local food bank, visit oashf.org/.

Pregnant women and children may also get food from WIC. You can apply by printing out a WIC Program Application and mailing it to the WIC clinic in your area. Please note that you must schedule an appointment at the clinic, too. To find a WIC clinic near you, please click WIC Clinic Directory or call 1- 800-755-GROW (4769).

Food and Nutrition Assistance for Children – The Ohio Department of Education has created a website to support whole-child nutrition at education.ohio.gov. Refer to the map and map site key at for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.

Older Adults – You can find your Local Area Agency on Aging by going to http://ohioaging.org or calling 1- 866-243-5678 to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community.

Local Assistance – Dial 211 or see 211.org for local assistance on food, paying housing bills, accessing child care and other crisis help.

Mental Health Help

  • Ohio Crisis Text Line Text keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
  • Ohio MHAS Help Line 1-877-275-6364
  • Find Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment https://findtreatment.gov 
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 1-800-846-8517 TTY o Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Spanish-speakers: Text “Hablanos” to 66746 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

Donald Washington

Southwest Ohio Advocacy Coordinator

Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio

3021 Vernon Place, Suite 2

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2417

(513) 541-7099 ext. 23

(513) 541-0989 Fax

dwashington@uhcanohio.org

www.uhcanohio.org

UHCAN Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization working

for affordable, accessible, high quality health care for all.

 

 

 

The Senate Needs To Act!

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all working people, including workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing everything we can to reduce the heavy toll this public health emergency is inflicting on the economy and the livelihoods of working people.

 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives took urgent action and passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), a critical first step in making sure working people facing serious health and financial risks receive the assistance we need.

 

Now it’s the U.S. Senate’s turn to act. Call your senator now and tell them to pass this urgent measure as soon as possible.

 

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems and is inflicting a heavy toll on the economy. We need to make sure working people do not bear the brunt of the impact.

 

All working people should have access to paid leave, paid sick days, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, and the necessary medical testing and treatment without incurring additional costs.

 

H.R. 6201 is an important first step toward a comprehensive response to the pandemic. It would provide free testing for most people, improve access to food security programs, provide additional unemployment insurance funding to states, and mandate paid sick leave for some workers who fall ill or are affected by quarantine orders.

 

Bold action is needed to protect the health and economic security of all working people. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a critical first step.

 

Call your senator now and tell them to pass H.R. 6201 without delay.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Team AFL-CIO