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Musicians Join Health Care Workers at Labor Day Rally

Health care workers marched and rallied in Los Feliz on Labor Day to draw attention to what organizers say are long patient wait times, missed diagnosis, neglect and chronic understaffing in patient care.

A group of AFM Local 47 members and leadership joined in the event which included appearances by many dignitaries, including California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and U.S. Representative Katie Porter. Continue reading

SoCal Labor Celebrates National Day of Solidarity

More than 20 AFM Local 47 musicians turned out to the Day of Solidarity march and rally outside of Disney Studios in Burbank on Aug. 22. Thousands of union members, labor leaders and community supporters gathered to deliver a singular message to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on behalf of striking WGA/SAG-AFTRA members: “We are not backing down!”

Stephanie O’Keefe, President, AFM Local 47

AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe joined a stage full of labor and community leaders, and proud union members, to deliver a powerful speech to a crowd of thousands in support of striking writers and actors who are standing strong in their fight for a fair contract. Continue reading

UPS Teamsters Authorize Strike, Rally in Downtown Los Angeles


UPS Teamsters rallied and picketed in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, just over a week before their contract with the shipping company is set to expire, raising the specter of a possible strike.

Among those in attendance were AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe and Vice President Marc Sazer along with other members. Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, which are both currently on strike, also attended the Teamsters event. Continue reading

Musicians Join July 4th Hotel Workers’ March & Rally

Striking workers at dozens of Southern California hotels spent their Fourth of July on picket lines, joined by thousands of supporters. 

AFM Local 47 joined the march and rally in Santa Monica, demonstrating outside of several local hotels in support of workers workers pushing for higher wages and better health and retirement benefits.

The contract between the hotels and UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents 15,000 workers employed at major hotels, expired at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Workers officially walked off the job on Sunday.

Musicians Support WGA

AFM musicians from coast to coast are supporting our Writers Guild colleagues in their strike. Their goal is our goal; winning fair and livable compensation from the same huge film/TV studios we will be negotiating with later this year.

Marking the first WGA strike in more than 10 years, writers walked off the job on May 2 after talks between WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers came to a standstill. Continue reading

Fair Share For Musicians: Education Session 8/14/22


On Sunday, August 14 at Local 47, we will meet to discuss next steps. Dinner will be served at 6pm, and the panel discussion will begin at 7pm, followed by Q&A from the audience. This in-person event will also be live streamed via Zoom.

The panel will include AFM and Local 47 staff as well as Contract Action Team Committee chairs. Come and find out the state of “new media” and the threat it poses to musicians’ livelihoods. Our panel will present the data on made-for-streaming projects and details on the residual we’re fighting for in the upcoming negotiations. Extensive Q&A to follow. Make your voice heard! 

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August 2022 Overture Online: Fair Share For Musicians

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Fair Share For Musicians – AFM musicians across the nation are organizing for equity in streaming media
  • 2022 Local 47 Election: Nominating Petitions Due 9/15
  • Local 47 Unveils the Captain Greg Welch Gathering Place
  • Member Spotlight: Carol Kaye
  • ‘Fair Share For Musicians’ Campaign Education Session 8/14
  • New Resources Available From the Pension Fund
  • Auditions: New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony
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CA Arts Advocacy Week 2021: Take Action!

Please join AFM Local 47 along with California Arts Advocates, NIVA CA, and California Association of Museums in urging the state to prioritize funding to the arts and creative industries by investing $1 billion in the arts, culture and creative industries and workforce.

This funding would benefit the recovery of the entire cultural sector: nonprofit cultural organizations, arts businesses, museums, and independent venues, as well as individual artists and creative workers. Continue reading