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This Independence Day, we are reminded about the value of freedom in our daily lives.

As a labor union, one important freedom we hold most dear is the freedom in the workplace to be able to work with rights and protections that keep us safe and secure while on the job. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Steven Allen Fox

Maestro Steven Allen Fox is an innovative concert creator, conductor, producer, and composer who has conducted or produced over 100 premieres of new compositions and suites. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Illinois State University, majoring in music theory and composition, and also has a graduate certificate in film and television scoring from the University of Southern California. Continue reading

Music Performance Trust Fund – July 2024

Local 47 member Kirk Andrés Wilson and his quartet performing an MPTF-sponsored Juneteenth concert 6/19/2024 at Hollywood Piano in Pasadena.

Are you interested in presenting a FREE and open to the public CONCERT?

For over seven decades, the Music Performance Trust Fund provides grants for free public live music events. Its mission includes contributing to the public knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as making music a part of every child’s life experience. Continue reading

The Music Inside ‘Inside Out 2’

“Flight for Fighting” composed by Andrea Datzman / produced by Michael Giacchino
“Inside Out 2” ℗ 2024 Walt Disney Records/Pixar
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

Going out to the movies is making a comeback, in a big way!

Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” — featuring a lively musical score by AFM Local 47 composer Andrea Datzman — continues to sizzle at the box office, where it earned a record $30 million on the Juneteenth holiday. To date the animated feature has amassed nearly $500 million in ticket sales worldwide. Continue reading

Musicians Celebrate Union PRIDE

Our local labor community enjoyed a fun-filled day of solidarity at the 2024 Los Angeles Pride Parade in WeHo on Sunday, June 2. AFM Local 47 Organizer Rahul Neuman and members David Horne, Nick Cazares, and Amy Hershberger joined in the festivities alongside friends from the LA County Federation of Labor and members from many other unions throughout the region.

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Valley Economic Alliance Honors Controller Malia M. Cohen and Treasurer Fiona Ma

The Valley Economic Alliance hosted a celebratory gathering on the evening of June 10 honoring California State Controller Malia M. Cohen (pictured above, far left) and State Treasurer Fiona Ma (above right, in center) in recognition of their impact on the State of California and the San Fernando Valley region.

AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe and Communications Director Linda Rapka (both pictured with Ma, above) were among the attendees along with esteemed guests from the Los Angeles Police Department Operations Valley Bureau, the Los Angeles Fire Department Operations Valley Bureau, and the United States Army Color Guard.

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#WhyUnion? Norman Ludwin

“Being part of a union is a special privilege and lets you feel part of something greater than yourself.”

– Norman Ludwin, Bassist
Member since 1975

Read more member testimonials, and share your own answer, at

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UNITE HERE! LOCAL 11 Community Briefing & Celebration

UNITE HERE! Local 11 — which represents over 32,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona — is inviting all to celebrate what has been achieved so far in their historic 2023-2024 Hotel Contract Fight, and to learn what’s next in this powerful fight for worker justice. Continue reading