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.
November 17, 2016IM -
Honeywell workers represented by the United Auto Workers Local 9 have voted not to accept the company’s latest contract proposal. A lockout began in May after the union rejected the original contract. The new proposal contained some health care changes: guaranteed weekly premiums for health and dental insurance would not go up more than 15% per year and Honeywell would contribute more to employee health care savings accounts to offset increased costs. The UAW member continue to be concerned about other parts of the proposal: changes in overtime eligibility, removal of paid absence allowance days, and freezing of contributions to long-standing “legacy” pension plans.