AFM Local 47 Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry

As a labor union, American Federation of Musicians Local 47 was founded on the core principles of fairness, dignity, respect, and equality for all people. No one should ever be subjected to sexual or physical harassment or abuse of any kind in the workplace, and we commend the many women and men who have courageously spoken out and shared their stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry.

Among the stated purposes of our union are to promote, encourage, and enforce good faith and fair dealing with and among its members, to advance the cause of civil rights and civil liberties, and to combat discrimination in employment practices and opportunities. Consistent with these commitments, and in compliance with both federal and state laws, the Local 47 Executive Board has adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against discrimination and harassment of any kind — sexual or otherwise — of our members and others employed under our collective bargaining agreements.

If you see something wrong or unsafe, or believe you are subject to unlawful discrimination or harassment, speak out. Document the intimidating or offensive behavior, and discuss the incident with a colleague or friend. Contact your union representatives by calling 323.462.2161 or send us a private message with our anonymous feedback form at www.afm47.org. Local 47 stands steadfastly committed to ensuring that our members have the opportunity to work in safe environments free of discrimination, harassment, and any other form of inappropriate and unlawful behavior, and to hold anyone responsible for such abuses accountable.

Many of us standing together are more powerful than any of us standing alone.

In Unity,

AFM Local 47 Executive Board

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