Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.
The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.
Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit www.afm.org/join.
December 1, 2013IM -
The fate of comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship that fully protects the rights of all workers is now in the hands of House Republicans. The Senate passed its bipartisan bill in June, and a House bill patterned on the Senate measure was introduced. However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other republicans have indicated that they will not allow a vote on the reform bill.
The AFL-CIO has launched a multi-city ad campaign and in-district mobilizations to increase pressure on Republicans. “The time for acting on immigration reform is now and the labor movement has decided to throw down in a big way to make it happen. Every day, over 1,000 people are deported, while House Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform with a road map to citizenship and workers’ rights. We won’t stop until the deportation crisis ends and aspiring Americans have the road map to citizenship they deserve,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.