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.
July 13, 2017IM -
In mid-July pro-union workers at Nissan Motor Company’s Mississippi plant filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board seeking a vote on union representation from the United Auto Workers (UAW). While Nissan managers continue their anti-union push, the federal labor board has accused the company of several violations surrounding union organizing, including allowing managers to illegally question and threaten union members. Nissan denies any wrongdoing.
The UAW has only won one vote among workers at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. After loosing an initial vote in 2014, 160 maintenance workers at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, organized. That campaign featured heavy outside pressure from anti- union groups and politicians. Governor Phil Bryant spoke out against the UAW.
The pro-union campaign has sought support from ministers including Rev. Isiac Jackson, head of Mississippi’s largest black Baptist denomination. They’ve also received support from the NAACP and actor Danny Glover. A rally in March was headlined by Senator Bernie Sanders.