Bill would ban so-called ‘Right-to-Work’ laws that weaken unions and cripple worker rights
** Update 10/27/2017: The latest meeting between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, held in Virginia Oct. 11-17, ended at an impasse on the basic notion of what a revised version of the 23-year-old agreement should achieve. Canada and Mexico stand by the idea of free trade; the U.S. wants to make it less free, saying that its partners to the north and to the south are benefiting more than the U.S. through access to its huge market. Talks resume Nov. 17 in Mexico City. **
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in September introduced the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act to prohibit states from introducing laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions. Continue reading →
On a day in late May of 1942, Michael Curtiz began filming Casablanca on the Warner Brothers lot. That day, two pianists were on set to record the flashback scene set in Montmartre1, and one of many recordings of Herman Hupfield’s “As Time Goes By.” Later in production, three pianists were present to record the song in the scene in Rick’s Café with Sam singing for Ilsa1. It remains an open question of just whose piano is heard playing in the film. A popularly held notion is that Dooley Wilson’s friend, Elliot Carpenter, was responsible for these pieces in the released film. The following detailed review shows that a studio musician, Jean Plummer, should get the credit. Continue reading →
L.A. musicians travel to ‘totality zone’ to experience full force of our nation’s first total eclipse in nearly 100 years
Marcy Vaj and Pam Gates
North America experienced its first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years on Aug. 21, 2017. Its trajectory crossed the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic, closely mirroring that of one in June 8, 1918, the last time North America experienced an eclipse in totality. Continue reading →
California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon addresses the crowd at the AFM “Keeping the Score in California,” with (from left) RMA’s Marc Sazer, RMALA’s Steve Dress, AFM Local 47’s John Acosta, LA County Federation of Labor’s Rusty Hicks, and Local UNITE HERE Local 11’s Jordan Fein. (Photo: Paula Parisi / MaxTheTrax)
With three top California assemblyman singing their tune at the American Federation of Musicians’ “Keeping the Score in California” event, it appears as if the tax incentive designed to keep recording work in the state is destined for passage. “I don’t see it as a question of if it’s going to happen, I see it as a question of when it’s going to happen,” said Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, who in April introduced the measure, AB 1300. Continue reading →
Share our new “Schoolhouse Rock!” inspired video that illustrates how we can do “Better Than Before” when it comes to covering everybody!
Today we join with the California Nurses Association to launch the second in a series of “Schoolhouse Rock!” inspired music videos created by Los Angeles musician Clifford Tasner in support of the Healthy California Act- SB 562, which establishes a Medicare-for-all type healthcare system in California. Continue reading →
by Paul Castillo, President Theater Musicians Association, SoCal
Whenever musical theater musicians meet the discussion of audience awareness inevitably comes up. Many audience members just are not aware that live orchestras are being used for musical theater. It’s an ongoing problem and discussions often end with “What can we do about it?” To fix any problem, it is necessary to follow a plan of action. The title of this article is a quote often attributed to the 20th century writer and journalist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and accurately describes what often happens without a plan. So, here’s the plan:
1. Requirement to list musicians in the program: This should be a requirement in the contract or collective bargaining agreement for the production. This is usually quite specific. Example: “The names of the musicians in the orchestra shall be published in the program for the production on the page immediately following the listing of the cast members.” Continue reading →
Representatives from AFM Local 47 and the Recording Musicians Association wore white in honor of the suffragist movement at the LAANE “No Turning Back” luncheon. From left: Organizing Coordinator Jefferson Kemper, President John Acosta, RMALA President Steve Dress, Communications Director Linda Rapka, RMALA 2nd Vice President Elizabeth Hedman, RMA International President Marc Sazer, Local 47 & RMALA Director Bill Reichenbach. (Not pictured: Local 47 Director Pam Gates.)
Professional Musicians, Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund
Reconstructive Surgery Fully Covered After Mastectomy WOMEN’S HEALTH AND CANCER RIGHTS ACT OF 1998
The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers Health and Welfare Fund (“the Fund”) purchases health insurance benefits through Health Net of California and provides you with this notice as required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988 (WHCRA).
In compliance with WHCRA, Health Net provides benefits for mastectomy-related services, including all stages of reconstruction and surgery to achieve symmetry between the breasts, prostheses, and for complications resulting from a mastectomy, including lymph edemas. Continue reading →
Musicians marched on Monday in record numbers. Our community of politically-engaged musicians has grown larger than ever before, with nearly 50 musicians making the long march in the hot sun yesterday.