Sisters and Brothers,
This week has been unprecedented in the sports broadcasting world. At no time in history has something like this ever happened. The cancellation or postponement of nearly every major professional and collegiate event brings with it an impact of monumental proportions, with sports freelancers being at the epicenter of it all. The IBEW understands the impact and we are working tirelessly to mitigate the damage to our members. These are uncharted waters, and while we may not have the answers to every question, we wanted to communicate to you what we are currently doing.
Since this situation arose, we have been in constant contact with FOX and CBS discussing the operational impact. We have also been speaking about the financial impact to our freelancers. I can tell you with certainty, both employers are aware of the gravity of the situation. Internally they are having executive level discussions to determine what they will and will not be able to do. There is a lot of uncertainty, and that is understandable. You can rest assured we are vigorously advocating for our members and have been told by the employers the minute they have information to share, it will be communicated.
The IBEW Political and Legislative department is monitoring any government action being taken to help impacted workers. When they provide us with clear information as to legislation passed, or regulatory changes made that may help, we will pass it along. Finally, we recommend you investigate any state assistance available to you, such as unemployment insurance. When any of the sports leagues will resume is uncertain, so please make sure you seek assistance wherever you can to help lessen the burden.
It is important to support each other during this time. Your Business Managers, Local Union staffs, International Office, and the Broadcast Department are here to assist in any way we can. We also are here to answer questions. So please feel free to reach out if you need things answered.
Robert J. Prunn