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Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988 (WHCRA) & Newborn and Mothers Health Protection Act of 1996 (NMHPA)

Professional Musicians & Employer’s Health & Welfare Fund:

Reconstructive Surgery Fully Covered After Mastectomy


The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers Health & Welfare Fund (“the Fund”) provides you with this notice as required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988 (WHCRA).

In compliance with WHCRA, the insurers contracted with by the Fund (Kaiser and Blue Shield) provide 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

In Memoriam: February 2019

Roger DiVirgilio
Life Member. Saxophone
6/20/1922 – 1/6/2019
Survived by children

Daryl F. Dragon (aka Captain)
Life Member. Piano
8/27/1942 – 1/2/2019
Survived by brother

William E. Fields
Life Member. Violin
8/19/1930 – 1/1/2019
Survived by daughter

Steven P. Madaio
Member. Trumpet
7/8/1948 – 1/15/2019
Survived by daughter

Norman C. Schweikert
Life Member. Horn
10/8/1937 – 12/30/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Sonja L. Vasquez
Life Member. Piano
2/7/1937 – 11/8/2018
Survived by children

James T. Work
Life Member. Guitar
3/29/1924 – 12/22/2018
Survived by spouse & children

#StrikeBBH: SAG-AFTRA fights to protect commercials contract

Union commercial work is under attack, and SAG-AFTRA members are fighting back.

A crowd of more than 1,000 actors and supporters including musicians, stage performers, stunt workers, directors, writers, and Teamsters held a rally in Los Angeles on Jan. 23 calling out ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty for abandoning its responsibilities as a 20-year SAG-AFTRA signatory by shooting non-union commercials.

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Less than a month into 2019, the teachers of Los Angeles proved that last year’s wave of collective action isn’t quieting down. After taking to the streets in a strike that has captured the country’s imagination, members of United Teachers Los Angeles are returned to classrooms after overwhelmingly approving a paradigm-shifting contract that delivers on key demands.

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SAG-AFTRA Rally for Performers’ Rights


When: Wednesday, Jan. 23
11-11:45 a.m. – Sign-in & Welcome
11:45 a.m. – March to the La Brea Tar Pits (with AFM Local 47 drumline!)
Noon-1 p.m. – Rally & Speakers on ‘The Great Lawn’

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza, James Cagney Boardroom
5757 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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3rd Annual Women’s March LA

Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation is a women-led non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created in 2016 by the producers of the historic Women’s March LA, whose mission is to bring attention to the struggles of marginalized communities and all attacks on human rights.

To march with Musicians, email for meetup information. Continue reading