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AB5 Update

Many of you may now have heard of California legislation AB5 which was created to ensure that most workers in California are classified as employees, not independent contractors. Introduced by California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, AB5 was created to incorporate the Dynamex ruling, which was a California Supreme Court decision from last year, into state law. That decision limited an employer’s ability to classify certain types of workers as independent contractors. Some members have asked if this new law will negatively impact the practice of using loan out companies as a way of ensuring fair tax treatment for our members. It is our view that AB5 will have no impact on the use of loan outs. AFM Local 47 along with DGA, WGA, IATSE and SAG-AFTRA have done exhaustive due diligence with counsel to come to this conclusion.

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Free Movie Screening: ‘Power to Heal’

“Power to Heal,” narrated by award-winning actor and activist Danny Glover, brings a critical focus to the struggle for health care in the United States. As Americans face a pivotal moment in the debate about the future of our health care, this documentary brings to light the moral connection between health care and our civil rights. Continue reading

Labor News: Labor 411 Debuts Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the entire family to help boost the middle class, support good jobs and strengthen local communities

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Labor 411, the nation’s #1 guide to ethical products, offers its first annual Ethical Holiday Gift Guide encouraging consumers to shop their way to a stronger middle class. Continue reading

Labor News: Amazon’s Southern California Warehouse Operations Cost the Public $790 Million Every Year

For every $1 in wages paid by Amazon, warehouse workers receive 24 cents in public assistance benefits

Households in the Los Angeles metro region paid $7.2 billion for packages from Amazon last year. Less publicly visible was more than $790 million paid out in public subsidies and uncompensated public costs that supported Amazon’s profitability. Continue reading

December 2019 Overture Online: ‘Tis the Season… for Mentoring!

Inside This Issue:

 ‘Tis the Season… for Mentoring!

MusicWorks project connects youth with professional music mentors

#BandTogether Update

Musicians reach tentative deal with film and TV studios

Bill Green Mentorship Program

Applications now available for 2020

and more!

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