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2019 AFM 101st Convention Coming Soon!

  -  AFM International Secretary-Treasurer

The 2019 AFM 101st Convention will be held at the Westgate Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration will begin Sunday, June 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and continue on Monday, June 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. preceding the opening of the convention. Once registered, AFM delegates will receive a convention bag with a printed copy of the 2018 AFM Annual Report (which includes the audited financials), the printed AFM 101st Convention Recommendations and Resolutions book, a printed AFM 101st Convention Book and a list of names and addresses of establishments in Las Vegas using live union music (provided by Local 369). In addition, the bag will include a thumb drive containing electronic copies of the 2018 Annual Report, 101st Convention Recommendations and Resolutions book, 2019 List of Locals, 2019 Local Officer Resource Guide, 2016 AFM Bylaws, and the previous Official Proceedings. The bag will also contain various convention souvenirs.

All delegates must be properly elected in conformity with AFM and local bylaws and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended (LMRDA), and must be members in good standing in all locals in which membership is held (see AFM Bylaws Article 17 Section 5).

The AFM is offering a wide variety of workshops on Sunday afternoon, June 16, prior to the convention.

Workshops will be one to two hours each, starting at 1:00 p.m.—check your registration packet for rooms and times. Workshops include:

• Fulfilling the Duty of Fair Representation Under a Trump Labor Board—Rochelle Skolnick.

• Cybersecurity Tips plus an InTune Question & Answer Session—Walter Lopez and the IT staff.

• Organizing Your Local Musician Community—Michael Manley and Alex Tindal Wiesendanger.

• Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Practical Guidance for Unions—Rochelle Skolnick.

• Introducing the New Integrated Media Agreement—Debbie Newmark.

• TEMPO: Building Power in Your Membership—Alfonso Pollard.

• AFM & Employers’ Pension Fund Question and Answer Session—with the Fund staff.

• AFM-EP Fund Retiree Representative and the Equitable Factors Panel—Brad Eggan.

• Crossing the Border from Canada to the US: What Locals on Both Sides of the Border Need to Know—Matthew Covey and Liana White.

All of these workshops offer an opportunity to meet with the experts and ask those questions you’ve been meaning to ask.

An orientation breakfast for new delegates will take place on Monday morning, June 17, at 8:00 a.m. and the Women’s Caucus will be Monday evening, June 17, at 7:00 p.m.

The MPTF Q&A Cocktail Hour Reception will take place on Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Pavilion 6, next door to the main Convention Hall. It will be open to all convention attendees. 

There will be a lot of fabulous music during registration and throughout the convention. The gala reception is scheduled for Sunday night, June 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with musical acts at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Wishing all the delegates and guests safe travel to the convention. See you in Vegas!

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