by Marc Sazer, RMA President and Member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)
As AFM President Ray Hair has reported, the American Federation of Musicians recently concluded negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for our collective bargaining agreements covering theatrical motion pictures and television film. We are relieved to have gotten past the negotiating process, and can now set our sights on a top priority for affected musicians: employment. As we have reported previously, the AFM has relatively far fewer signatory producers than any other union in the film and TV industry, and the number of signatories has not grown for decades. This affects our whole union—our pension funds, our relationship with corporate media, and our position with sister media unions.