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June 1, 2023Bruce Fife - AFM International Vice President
It’s all winding down for me. I’m honored to have had nearly 25 years as an officer in the AFM, two years as board member of Local 99 (Portland, OR), and 21 years as its president. And for the last 13 years, I’ve also been the AFM international vice president. That’s in addition to the 25 years I spent as a professional musician. When I could no longer perform due to injury, I found myself in a union leadership role. Basically, my adult working life has been split by working both sides of the fence, and what a ride it’s been.
There has been much reliving of those years recently, starting with cleaning out my office at the local. As I went through all the files to decide what to keep and what to recycle, I was reminded of all the work that’s been done in our union during my tenure as an officer. It was easy for me to keep moving from one campaign or negotiation to the next, barely taking any time to celebrate the successes, or lick the wounds of a loss, because the next challenge was already knocking on my door.
Among the many activities that I’ve successfully spearheaded or participated in at Local 99, the highlights include:
There are so many people to thank, including those who “tricked” me into this work. (You know who you are.) I could have never imagined how this would play out, nor the important part it has played in my life and the great people I have met and worked with. I also want to especially thank President Hair and all the people at the Federation for the support, encouragement, and comradery I felt as we took on one challenge after another in my time as international vice president.
Lastly, as we look forward to a new Federation administration, I wish you all the success in the world, and hope that you can build upon the work we’ve done. When this administration was elected, the AFM was in tough shape, but we are leaving it in very good shape.
Thank you all!