Union Plus Offers Help for
Survivors of West Virginia Floods
If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have
been affected by the recent flooding and mudslides that struck West Virginia, you
may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. Unprecedented flooding has left thousands of families displaced, and many do not have flood insurance.
Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card(1), Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, or Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties may be eligible for these grants. The approved grants
do not have to be repaid.
To qualify for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant, your residence must be in one of the above-listed counties and you:
1. Have been a victim of the severe weather in counties designated by
FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance. (List of qualifying
counties available at UnionPlus.org/Disaster.)
2. Have experienced a significant loss of income or property within
the last six months due to the disaster.
3. Have had a Union Plus Credit Card, Union Plus Life or Accidental
Death Insurance, or Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus
Mortgage for at least 12 months with the account or policy in good
standing (be up-to-date on payments).
To apply for a disaster relief grant if you participate in any of
the following programs call:
Union Plus Credit Card: 1-800-622-2580
Union Plus Mortgage: 1-800-472-2005
Union Plus Insurance: 1-800-472-2005
The Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund has provided nearly $1 million in assistance
to union members facing hardships following Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina,
floods, wild fires and other natural disasters.
For more information about the Union Plus disaster benefits, visit UnionPlus.org/Disaster.
If you are not involved in the Union Plus program, there are federal disaster
aid programs that may assist those affected by the floods. Visit UnionPlus.org/WestVirginiato be redirected to the FEMA West Virginia
flood information page.
(1) Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license
by MasterCard International Incorporated.
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AGMA ESTABLISHES A SYSTEM FOR MEMBERS
TO CONFIDENTIALLY REPORT INSTANCES OF ANY
ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION, INCLUDING SEXUAL
ABUSE, HARASSMENT AND CONDUCT
THAT CREATES A HOSTILE
A number of members, including participants in young artist programs, have reported to us allegations of inappropriate sexual harassment of various types.
Discrimination is not only illegal but it’s also a violation of every AGMA collective bargaining agreement. Sexual abuse and harassment are atrocious, and taking advantage of artists who are afraid of the implied threat of retaliation is the most heinous sort of discrimination.
Although in the past 15 years we’ve received only three complaints about any such abuse, some anecdotal reports allege that conductors, coaches, choreographers and ballet masters, all of whom can effectively make hiring recommendations, comprise the most frequent category of abusers.
The most effective means of stopping harassment is to report it to your employer. Every AGMA signatory company has a policy prohibiting all manner of discrimination and is legally obligated to thoroughly investigate such complaints and take action to remedy discrimination.
In the real world, we’re aware that most performers, singers and dancers, whether they are new to the business or seasoned artists, are afraid that if they file a complaint they expose themselves to some form of direct or indirect retaliation. Unfortunately, it’s a valid fear. However, reporting abuse or harassment to your employer remains one of the ONLY two truly effective ways of dealing with sexual abuse or other illegal discrimination.
The other possible remedy exists because discrimination is also a violation of AGMA’s collective bargaining agreements and Standard Artist Agreements, and so it can also be pursued through the grievance and arbitration provision of our contracts and decided by an arbitrator. But, again, this requires an actual complaint to us so that we can file a grievance on your behalf, and as is the case when making a report to your employer, requires that you personally make the accusation.
A less effective alternative, but one requested of us by some members recently, is for AGMA to establish a confidential reporting system, pursuant to which members could confidentially report instances of sexual abuse, harassment or conduct that creates a hostile work environment without their identity becoming known to employers.
This is the manner in which the system will work: We’ve established a private
to which Deborah Allton-Maher will have access. Any member may report any allegation of discrimination, abuse or harassment. Members MUST include their names, which we will not disclose to anyone. While some members may be troubled that such complaints are not wholly anonymous, we need to be certain that reports are made only by members. AGMA will keep each member’s name confidential to the fullest extent of the law.
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AGMA/Equity Reciprocal Audition Agreement
AGMA members, who have been members for
at least one calendar year, can attend
Equity auditions without joining Equity.
The cost to join Equity would be their
then current initiation
fee less the
$500 initiation fee previously paid to AGMA.
AGMA has a standard letter that needs to be
presented to Equity upon joining. You can
obtain that letter by calling the Membership
Department at (212) 265-3687.
Additionally, current member of Actors’ Equity
may join AGMA as an affiliate union. In such
a case, only half the Initiation Fee and $78 for
annual Basic Dues are required ($328). In
addition, both AGMA and Equity members
in good standing are allowed to attend the
other union’s auditions without joining the
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Discounts for AGMA Members
AGMA members in good standing are eligible
for a number of great discounts. Go to the
Members Only section by clicking
the Members Only button on the top banner
above, login and view our various discounts
with instructions on how to access them.
For AGMA discounts through Union Plus
If you know of additional discounts that are available to AGMA members, please email the information to the AGMA office.
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