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.
April 16, 2016IM -
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) reached seven tentative contract agreements with United Airlines for 30,000 workers. According to IAM, the five-year accords run through 2021 and call for approximately 30% pay increases over the term of the deal and $100 million in lump sum payments. The contract also includes a 25% hike in defined-benefit pension benefits, stops outsourcing of work currently performed by IAM members, and provides for insourcing of additional work.
Though current agreements were not amendable until December 31, 2016, IAM and United agreed last October to open existing contracts one year early and engage in expedited negotiations, which led to the tentative agreements.