At the end of July (July 25 in Montana, July 31 elsewhere) a significant benefit extended to independent contractors will end. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC) which has provided an additional $600 per week to individuals who are collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will terminate. Even though many independent contractors have been able to return to work fully, many have not or have found that they have decidedly less work. The loss of this additional income will prove critical to many who work as independent contractors, the self-employed, gig workers, and the like.
As Congress considers new relief, including the extension of FPUC, we encourage you to reach out to your Senators (and others if you wish) urging them to support the extension until January 2021. It could be because you need the extension beyond July 25th. Perhaps you won't need it right away, but in passing, will ensure that you will receive this benefit in the event it's needed. And in doing so, you will support your fellow guides who are in need of this funding.
Below find information on how to contact Montana Senators Tester and Daines. Direct links will be the most effective in which to reach out. You will also find talking points on FPUC, guide specific points, and suggestions on how best to write your letter. It's important to stay focused and clear on your messaging. Also, don't be fearful of making it personal. This is very personal to you and your colleagues.
If you are a guide or independent contractor from a state other than Montana, click here to find the Senators in your state.
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1. Fill out the form with information needed. Name, address, etc.
2. Message bullet points.
3. Guide specific bullet points. (Choose one or two that may resonate with you. Feel free to expand on it and give personal examples.)
Hints and tips on putting your email together
You know why you’re writing and what to write, but just how should you write it? Here is some advice on giving your letter the right tone and approach.