“I was very grateful for the extra $600 per week from the federal pandemic unemployment compensation, in addition to the state unemployment benefit. Overnight, my husband and I became completely unemployed. As were both it the performing arts field, we will likely be out of work until the beginning of 2021. The state unemployment amount isn’t enough to cover all our expenses, and the federal dollars gave us peace of mind in these frighteningly uncertain times, in terms of being able to keep up with the costs not only of putting food on the table, but of paying for health insurance, property taxes, and heating our home in the wintertime.” – Local 802 member MELANIE FELD
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