AFM members are advised that the Michael Bublé concerts taking place at Staples Center on April 2 and July 9, 2019 are not currently covered under a union agreement.
It has been alleged that Steve Trudell/Trudell Orchestras, which is listed on the American Federation of Musicians International Unfair List, may be seeking out local musicians for these engagements. Please be aware that at this time these are non-union dates with no contract protections for fair wages, health & welfare, pension, or other benefits that come with union contracts. Local 47 has reached out to event producers, who so far have refused to guarantee that musicians hired for these performances will earn fair wages and benefits in line with industry standards.
As professional musicians, we must take a stand against taking jobs at sub-standard rates far below what we deserve. We not only cheat ourselves by accepting such engagements, but we also cheat our colleagues by setting a precedent that it’s acceptable to undervalue us and our work.
If you are contacted to participate in these engagements, please alert my office at 323.993.3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, AFM Local 47