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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

Free workshop on AB5 and Tax Reform laws

FREE WORKSHOP for musicians, actors, & everyone in entertainment

Monday, March 2 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Actors Fund, 1st Floor SAG-AFTRA Cagney Room
5757 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036

Make sure you understand both the potential impact of California’s new AB5 law and new Tax Reform laws. We’ll discuss the pros AND cons of incorporation, and help you ensure that you’re prepared to file your 2019 returns!

Co-sponsored by The Actors Fund and SAG-AFTRA, this FREE workshop is for EVERYONE (not just actors…) in entertainment. It will be moderated by Miata Edoga, National Financial Wellness Consultant for The Actors Fund, and Ronnie Steadman, Enrolled Agent with the IRS. Ronnie has over a decade of experience handling personal and corporate returns for entertainment professionals.

#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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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
Parking validated, enter off Curson or Masselin

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Still standing with SAG-AFTRA video game workers seeking a fair contract


Musicians join with striking SAG-AFTRA video game workers in a picket line outside of Insomniac Games in Burbank Nov. 17, 2016.


SAG-AFTRA members continue to strike against several video game employers. AFM musicians have joined hundreds on three picket line protests, and will continue to do so in support of voiceover and motion-capture workers seeking a fair contract.  Continue reading

AFM musicians agree: #performancematters

Musicians stand with SAG-AFTRA video game workers striking for a fair contract


Members of AFM Local 47 joined with hundreds of SAG-AFTRA members, labor and community supporters on today’s picket line outside of Warner Bros. Studios regarding interactive video game employment.

SAG-AFTRA members continue on their second week on strike against several video game employers. Following the first demonstration last week, AFM musicians again joined hundreds on the picket line in support of voiceover and motion-capture workers seeking a fair contract.  Continue reading

AFM musicians support SAG-AFTRA videogame strikers


“Hey hey, shut it down, L.A. is a union town!” supporters chanted at today’s SAG-AFTRA rally against video-game makers. American Federation of Musicians members pictured here with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

AFM members joined more than 300 on a picket line in Playa Vista today in support of SAG-AFTRA interactive video game voice actors who have been on strike since Oct. 21. Continue reading

‘Ellen’ Show Signs Deal With Musicians Union

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Oct. 24, 2012) — After years of urging by Professional Musicians, Local 47 — the labor union representing musicians in Los Angeles — producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week agreed to compensate musical guest performers under American Federation of Musicians (AFM) contracts.

Musicians performing on “Ellen” previously received wages and benefits under contracts with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and were deemed as “specialty acts” rather than musicians, a distinction disputed by Local 47. SAG-AFTRA contracts do not include the provisions for residuals and re-use payments to musicians that are covered under AFM contracts. Per labor standards, if two or more unions have overlapping jurisdiction, workers must be compensated at the higher prevailing rate. Continue reading