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.
January 27, 2015IM -
A Republican bill (H.R. 30) passed by the House could strip health care coverage for one million workers, plus add some $53.2 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers must provide health care coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty. H.R. 30 would require employees to work 40 hours a week to qualify for compulsory care. Health care experts say that it’s an incentive for employers to drop workers down to the 39 hours to avoid the responsibility. One study from the US Berkeley Labor Center estimated that 6.5 million people may risk having their hours cut back under the Republican bill, nearly three times the number (2.3 million) that are vulnerable to losing hours under the current 30-hour threshold.
The AFL-CIO and other groups support strengthening employer responsibility rules in the ACA, rather than weakening them. Since ACA became law, the number of Americans with health insurance has increased 10 million (mostly from employer-provided plans), while the percentage of uninsured Americans has dropped from 17.1% to 12.9%.
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