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.
October 14, 2015IM -
Quebec’s Common Front provincial unions have confirmed they are planning 10 days of rotating strikes in October and November, followed by a three-day general strike at the beginning of December. The unions say the strikes can still be avoided if the government shows good faith in bargaining contract negotiations. Nonetheless, provincial unions may strike.
The Common Front of employees consists of teachers, health care workers (not including nurses), and civil servants in many fields. They are pressing for higher wages, namely a 13.5% pay hike over three years, while the provincial government says it can only afford a 3% pay hike over five years, as it attempts to reduce Quebec’s public debt. The government also wants to raise the age when workers become eligible for their pensions from 60 to 62.