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, 2016IM -
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced in a memo to all 157,000 employees in company-operated stores will receive a wage hike as of October 3. The pay Starbucks pay hike came as the company is under fire from employees unhappy that Starbucks has cut their hours. An online petition posted on coworker.org in June claims that cutbacks in hours and staffing at stores is killing employee morale and hurting customer service. It’s so far garnered 12,800 signatures. The news of the pay raise also came one day before Starbucks price hikes, raising its prices by up to 30 cents.
The political pressure to raise pay for low-level workers is beginning to have an effect on other corporate giants as well. On July 12, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said it will raise the minimum wage for 18,000 US workers over the next three years. This increase at the largest bank in the US increase bring wages up from the floor of $10.15 to $12 to $16.50 an hour.