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AFM National Lead Organizer

American Federation of Musicians of the United States & Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO

Location: New York City, with the ability to travel within the US and Canada.

Purpose: In collaboration with the Director of Organizing and Education, the Lead Organizer will research, plan, and implement internal and external organizing campaigns in various sectors of professional music at the national and local level. The Lead Organizer will assist with the planning and execution of all union organizing education initiatives.

Primary responsibilities

  • Design and direct external organizing efforts, with an emphasis on grass-roots,
    community-based, leverage campaigns
  • Plan and lead internal organizing campaigns, including contract campaigns, rank-and-file leadership development, member education, strike support, etc.
  • Identify and develop leaders, organizing committees, volunteer member teams, and rank-and-file activists
  • Work with national and local leadership and staff in conjunction with all research and communications, as well as political and legal aspects of campaigns
  • Cultivate relationships with community, labor, and political leaders, as well as organizations

Primary qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 3-5 years of experience in leading union organizing
    campaigns, and/or community organizing campaigns, including the design and development of campaign work plans
  • Knowledge of basic principles and practices of union organizing and a thorough knowledge of labor laws
  • Experience with strategic campaign planning and execution
  • Knowledge of labor education program planning and development; ability to conduct training sessions
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to work independently while coordinating efforts with national and local staff and leaders
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, collective bargaining and organizational management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize tasks
  • Commitment to workers’ rights and social justice
  • Familiarity with the music and/or the entertainment industry is a plus, but not required
  • Basic computer skills and a knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

The AFM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Send cover letter and resume no later than February 15, 2018 to: Cynthia Pellegrino, Director of Human Resources: cpellegrino@afm.org or fax:  212-214-0807

The AFM represents more than 80,000 musicians in 200 locals in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and forms part of the heart and soul of the labor movement. The AFM has national offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

Federal Arts Connection

Dear AFM Member,

This is a source for information relating to federal grant making, performance, education, and research opportunities for musicians interested in project funding and international travel as artistic representatives of the US. This list is not exhaustive. Occasionally, we will highlight different federal agencies with arts-related components. We suggest that you make direct contact with local federal agencies, government councils, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to help you identify other possibilities. This list is only a starting point and may reflect full-time and part-time opportunities for working musicians. To successfully engage these opportunities it may be necessary to contact the agency directly for requirement details. The AFM Office of Government Relations is happy to help you identify as many federal resources as possible.


Musical Instrument Repairer
Open and closing dates:  07/19/2017 to 12/31/2017
Salary: $23.81 to $27.77 per hour
Pay scale & grade: WG-10
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent
Location: Sembach, Germany
Relocation expenses may be paid

Recreation Attendant Nf1* (Flex) Information, Tickets and Tours
Open and closing dates: 07/28/2017 to 11/30/2017
Salary: $9.25 to $9.50 per hour
Pay scale & grade: NF-01
Work schedule: Shift Work
Appointment type: Permanent
(one vacancy)
Location: Kaneohe, HI

The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts
Manager, Teacher, and
School Programs

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Education Job Code 461

Also check the American Federation of Musicians website (http://members.afm.org/auditions) for US military job
notifications (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard).

Florida Law Leaves Injured Undocumented Workers Vulnerable

Florida law states that all workers, regardless of immigration status, should be protected by worker compensation laws, but according to an NPR and ProPublica investigation, employers and insurance companies have found a way around it through a technicality. The Florida workers’ compensation law was amended in 2003 making it a felony to use false identification to get a job. Companies hiring undocumented workers purposely hold the threat of prosecution or deportation over their heads to keep them from filing claims.

Of 800 undocumented people charged with workers’ compensation fraud for using fake Social Security numbers, more than 560 never even applied for benefits. Meanwhile, insurance companies are exploiting the system by collecting premiums then not having to pay out benefits. The AFL-CIO is pushing for a comprehensive rewrite of the law.

Auto Jobs Continue Shift to Mexico

Manufacturing jobs in the US continue to disappear at a record rate with automaker layoffs steadily increasing since 2016. On the other side of the border, Mexico is rapidly growing as a manufacturing hub for all major automakers. The country is currently the primary exporter of automobiles to the US and the overall 4th largest exporter of automobiles in the world. A recent US Federal Reserve report noted that overall manufacturing production fell by .4% in May 2017, led by a 2% decline in motor vehicle and auto parts production. The automobile industry is the largest manufacturing and retail sector in the US. Autos make up about 3% of gross domestic product.