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
by Linda A. Rapka
Just picked up for a fourth season, Amazon’s hit drama-comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle” sprang to life from the 2005 memoir of journalist and Local 47 oboist Blair Tindall.
After years as a professional musician Tindall decided to go back to school, and an aptitude test recommended journalism. “My first week in, I realized I was much older than anyone else,” she said. “I had a music conservatory education, and had never really written. I thought to myself, ‘Can I do this?’” Continue reading
Producers at Picrow agree to hold musicians to fair industry standard
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 11, 2016) — The American Federation of Musicians Local 47 is pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with the producers of Amazon original series “Transparent” to cover musicians working on the show under a union contract.
Producers at Picrow swiftly agreed to sign on to the AFM television and new media agreement after musicians from the Los Angeles musicians union spoke out publicly late last month asking for “Pride for Musicians,” pointing out the unequal treatment of musicians who were not covered under a labor contract unlike all the actors, writers, directors, crew and other workers. Continue reading
** UPDATE 4/11/2016 — We are pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with the producers of Amazon original series “Transparent” to cover musicians working on the show under a union contract. Read more **
Labor organizations demand action asking ‘Where’s the pride for musicians?’
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2016) — Amazon series “Transparent” has come under fire by leaders in the Los Angeles labor community for the unequal treatment of musicians who work on the show.
On Tuesday morning members of AFM Local 47, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, leafleted outside a desert location shoot in Pearblossom, California, asking “Where’s the pride for musicians?” and calling upon production company Picrow to hold musicians to the same standard as all its other workers. The acting talent, writers, directors, and crew receive union wages, benefits and protections; only musicians are shut out of a labor contract. Continue reading