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August 31, 2020IM -
The International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has announced its endorsement of Joe Biden for president in the 2020 election.
In announcing the union’s endorsement, AFM International President Raymond M. Hair, Jr. issued the following statement:
“For musicians who are concerned about providing for themselves and their families, protecting their rights at work, being able to perform their job without undue political influence, and ensuring the security of their pay, benefits, and retirement, Joe Biden is the clear choice. The Federation joins with all Americans who want to see a nation that is united, that promotes inclusion and a vision for the future, and that honors and respects all of its citizens. And for these reasons, AFM is proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
This presidential endorsement is based on Biden’s unswerving commitment to the hard-fought principles and ideals of organized labor. It was arrived at by a unanimous vote of the AFM International Executive Board, comprising International President Hair, International Vice President Bruce Fife, Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert, Secretary-Treasurer Jay Blumenthal, and Executive Officers John Acosta (Local 47, Los Angeles), Ed Malaga (Local 161-710, Washington, DC), Tina Morrison (Local 105, Spokane, WA), Terryl Jares (Local 10-208, Chicago, IL), and Dave Pomeroy (Local 257, Nashville, TN).
“The AFM is proud to stand with Joe Biden now as he seeks to unify and grow our country through responsible leadership,” Hair said.