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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.

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British Entertainment Workers Exploited

According to Britain’s The Stage, exploitation of entertainment industry performers and low-paid workers is on the rise, and the problem is only being compounded by decreased funding for arts organizations. In a report to the Low Pay Commission’s 2014 consultation, UK’s Equity claimed that its members are frequently being asked to work for nothing. Equity […]

Tunisian Rappers Unionize

Hip-hop artists in Tunisia have formed their own union, the National Rap Union, which is affiliated with the General Confederation of Tunisian Workers. Italian news agency Ansa reports that the union is not so much about securing fair work contracts as it is about standing up for their rights. Last month Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ […]

Vermont Home Care Workers Unionize

In the largest AFL-CIO organizing victory of the year so far, 7,000 Vermont home care workers voted to join Vermont Home Care United, a part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In what is the largest organizing victory in Vermont history, the workers gained bargaining rights with the state government […]

Taxpayers Subsidize Fast Food Industry

According to a report from researchers at University of California, Berkeley, most fast food workers are paid so poorly that they are forced to enroll in public assistance programs, despite the industry making $200 billion in profits each year. “The taxpayer costs we discovered were staggering,” says the report’s co-author Ken Jacobs, chair of UC […]

Gift Establishes Juilliard Fellowship

A new scholarship program established through a $60 million gift from Bruce and Suzie Kovner will allow 25 Kovner fellowships to The Juilliard School beginning in 2014, with a gradual increase to 52 by the year 2018. The fellowships will pay the full cost of attendance for classical music students selected on the basis of […]

Website Is Window to Affordable Care

Now that the Affordable Care Act is in effect, the AFL-CIO and Working America would like to make sure it is successful. Part of that is ensuring working Americans have all the information they need to take advantage of their new health care options. The website is a resource where working families can find […]

Marsalis Heads Juilliard Jazz Studies

Local 802 (New York City) member Wynton Marsalis, who is also managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a Juilliard alumnus, has been appointed director of Juilliard’s jazz studies program. The Juilliard Jazz program has long-standing ties with Jazz at Lincoln center but the school hopes to expand on those ties, increasing […]

Coltrane Home May Become Museum

According to the Associated Press, an effort is underway in Dix Hills, New York, to turn a former home of John Coltrane into a museum. Among the supporters of the initiative, which began a decade ago, are Carlos Santana of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) and Coltrane’s son, Ravi. The home is currently in dire […]

AFL-CIO: It’s Time for Immigration Reform

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 […]

Local 47 Officers Participate in Civil Disobedience Action Against Walmart

In a preview of the nationwide day of action that took place on Black Friday, Walmart workers in several Southern California stores walked off the job November 7 to protest the company’s low wages. Walmart earned a profit of $17 billion so far this year, but pays its workers so little than many of them […]