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International Musician, Recent News

Employer Fined Following Workplace Death

Employer Mark Welty was fined over $280,000, in penalties after his employee Nicholson Tinker was killed on the job due to a hazardous work environment. Tinker was killed when a cinderblock wall collapsed on him during a demolition. Welty acted with plain indifference towards the health and safety of his employees—lack of proper structural assessment, inadequate bracing and shoring for the wall, and lack of safety training for the employees.

Florida Unions Call for Living Wage

All three Florida Democratic candidates for governor support raising minimum wage to $15 an hour.

CIW Women’s Group Sends Letter to Wendy’s CEO

In early October, CIW sent a letter to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor, along with the company’s board chair and a major shareholder, that called attention to sexual violence that occurs in Wendy’s supply chain and requested a meeting to discuss the issue.

Risking Your Life for Minimum Wage

During the outbreak of fires in California, about 20% of the fire fighters who were called to duty were earning just $10.50 per hour, minimum wage.

Whistleblower Fired

Though the hotel general manager claims that he was terminated due to “serious and demonstrable misconduct,” it is suspicious that the firing came one day before the Anchorage Assembly passed new protections for whistleblowers reporting mold in public buildings like hotels.

Postal Workers Rally in Boston

On October 18, Postal workers and their supporters rallied in front of Boston’s main post office to protest job cutbacks that have led to long lines and delivery delays around New England.

Orchestra Steps Up to Heal the Island

Hurricane Maria left many of Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra members homeless and 3 week later, they began a series of free concerts to help heal the island.

Gadd and Corea Receive Honorary Doctorates

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has announced that it will award Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to legendary musicians Steve Gadd and Chick Corea, both members of Local 802 (New York City).

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Are In

The roster of nominations for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2018 has just been announced. The list includes The Cars (and members Elliot Easton of Local 47, Los Angeles, and Ric Ocasek of Local 802, New York City), The J. Geils Band (and Seth Justman of Local 9-535), The longtime New Orleans band, The Meters, with Art Neville and George Porter, both of Local 174-496 (New Orleans), and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste of Local 47.

Truckers Ready to Aid Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Major labor unions in the US are organizing truck drivers to help with Puerto Rico relief efforts following Hurricane Maria. The problem is exacerbated by the shortage of diesel fuel and blocked roadways due to hurricane debris and damage.