Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Press Release and Press Coverage for Joint AEMI Letter on NEA, NEH, and CPB Funding

Hi everyone,
Please find below a copy of DPE's press release about the joint AEMI letter to Congress, as well as links to the press coverage of the letter to date. You'll also find attached an image that your union can use to help promote the letter on social media.
Affiliate unions should feel free to pitch the letter to media as they see fit. Please let us know as stories are placed so we can help track coverage.
Michael Wasser

12 Unions, Including AEA, Appeal to Congress to Save the NEA and Regional Theatre

By Olivia Clement

April 4, 2017

The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), a coalition of 12 national unions including Actors Equity Association, has penned a letter to members of Congress in defense of sustaining funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The letter, signed by AEA President Kate Shindle, is in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the NEA, set to go into effect in the fall.

AEA Joins 12 Unions in Congressional Appeal to Save the NEA

Broadway World

By Alexa Criscitiello

April 4, 2017

A joint coalition of 12 national unions, Actors Equity Association among them, has penned an appeal to members of Congress in defense of the National Endowment for the Arts. The letter, signed by Equity President Kate Shindle, was written in response to the presidential administration's plans to cut the NEA, among other public programs, from the national budget.

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By Ted Hasson

April 5, 2017

UNIONS DEFEND ARTS FUNDING: Twelve unions that represent workers in the arts will deliver a letter to Congress today that pushes back against the Trump administration’s proposal to nix federal funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“The nonprofit arts community supports over four million jobs in the arts and related industries, including jobs for many of our members,” the letter reads. “Without continued funding for the NEA, NEH, and CPB, we expect the loss of good, middle-class jobs, with the most acute economic pain being felt far from the soundstages of Hollywood and bright lights of Broadway. The job losses will be in smaller, more rural communities ... ” Read more.



Katie Barrows
Research and Communications Associate
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Entertainment Unions Stand Together to Oppose Proposed Cuts to the NEA, NEH, and CPB

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016—Yesterday, 12 national unions representing over a half million arts and entertainment professionals came together to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

In a joint letter which was delivered yesterday to members of Congress, the arts and entertainment affiliate unions of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) stressed the importance of the NEA, NEH, and CPB to the nation’s economy and American culture. The coalition emphasized that middle-class jobs in smaller, rural communities will be impacted the most by the federal funding cuts, not those in Hollywood or on Broadway, and urged Congress to maintain current funding levels for all three institutions.

“Our unions' members include actors, musicians, stagehands, and many other professionals in diverse communities in all 50 states,” said DPE President Paul E. Almeida. “Trump’s proposed cuts to the NEA, NEH, and CPB will hurt many of these hard-working Americans and we are united in our effort to ensure Congress preserves federal arts funding.”

The unions that signed-on to the letter include:

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE)

DPE and its affiliate unions will continue to monitor President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget as it moves through the legislative process.

The Department for Professional Employees (DPE) is a coalition of 23 unions representing over four million professional and technical union members. DPE affiliate unions represent professionals in over 300 occupations in education and healthcare; science, engineering, and technology; legal, business, and management; media, entertainment, and the arts; and public administration.