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.
Inside This Issue:
Musicians at Play
Connecting youth, mentors and community through music
Musicians reach tentative two-year deal with film and TV studios
Member Spotlight: Gayle Levant
My Harp Will Go On
“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
Life Member. Trombone
7/4/1936 – 7/15/2019
by Chuck Findley
We have lost a fantastic person and musician loved by everyone.
Slyde was my brother-in-law and husband of my wife Zelee’s sister Yolee, and father to their son Josh. Continue reading
Life Member. Vibraphone/Percussion
9/2/1932 – 12/15/2019
by Stu Goldberg, Life Member
It is with great sadness that I write this remembrance of mallet virtuoso and exotic percussion innovator Emil Richards. Continue reading
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
From holiday concerts to theme-park shows to stage plays, celebrate the season with the sweet sounds of AFM Local 47 musicians! Continue reading
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
At its meeting on Nov. 19, the Local 47 Executive Board passed a motion to endorse Christy Smith for the 25th Congressional District in Santa Clarita. Continue reading
Inside This Issue:
‘Tis the Season… for Mentoring!
MusicWorks project connects youth with professional music mentors
Musicians reach tentative deal with film and TV studios
Bill Green Mentorship Program
Applications now available for 2020
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