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.
November 2, 2015IM -
UAW Autoworkers Vote in Favor of New Labor Deal — Following 2-to-1 rejection of a September labor deal, the United Auto Workers at Fiat Chrysler voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new deal, ending the threat of the nation’s largest strike since 2011. The new deal, approved by 77% of the 44,000 members, narrows the wage gap between veteran autoworkers and the approximately 19, 800 “tier-two” workers hired since 2007. Under the current contract, tier-two workers earn $17 to $24 an hour, while veteran autoworkers earn $28-plus an hour, as well as pension and retiree health benefits. The new deal brings the newer workers up to at least $28 an hour after seven years with the company and veteran workers will get their first raise in 10 years, a 3% immediately and another 3% in two years. They’ll also get a bonuses and profit sharing payments, including a signing bonus of $4,000 (veteran workers) and $3,000 (tier-two) for ratifying the contract.