Tag Archives: solidarity

Statement in support of UTLA from AFM Local 47

LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2019) — American Federation of Musicians Local 47 proudly stands with the thousands of brave workers who are striking for our communities, our families and our children.

Members of the United Teachers Los Angeles union are taking a stand to be treated with dignity and respect. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the country, yet our schools are painfully underfunded, understaffed, and overcrowded. Continue reading

My Union Card

Reflections by Local 47 member Ross Altman, Ph.D

Recently I had the strangest dream. It had to do with my union card for American Federation of Musicians Local 47, and what it means to me. In my dream I just barely touched the truck in front of me when we were both stopped at a red light. The driver got out and decided to make a federal case out of it, even though there was no visible damage to the back of his truck. He said that he would not report it if I agreed to give up my “freight card” (in his words) for good; I would no longer be a member of the professional musicians’ union. I told you it was a strange dream. And yet it forced me to confront the question of what my union card meant to me—and whether it was worth all the hassle and potential expense of dealing with my insurance company and the DMV in order to keep my card. Continue reading

Los Angeles Honors Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

L.A. County Fed Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rusty Hicks, keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, Senator Kamala Harris, Supervisor Hilda Solis, and SEIU 2015 President Laphonza Butler. (Photo: Monica Almeida, The Newspaper Guild)

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, nearly 1,000 community and labor leaders and elected officials gathered for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Held at the Westin Bonaventure downtown, the event kicked off with an address by newly elected United States Senator Kamala Harris. Sen. Harris has not only been a champion for California’s working families, but she has been a leader in reducing recidivism and providing tools to re-enter back into civilian life. Continue reading

Join AFM Local 47 and Musicians @ WOMEN’S MARCH LOS ANGELES

wmla47Saturday, January 21, 2017
9am – 2pm
@ Pershing Square

Women’s March Los Angeles is open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.

We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.


Sign up to join with fellow AFM Local 47 members and supporters and march with us at the city’s largest grassroots mobilization around the inauguration on January 21!

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

Grocery Workers #MakeEndsMeet march & rally 8/2/016

UPDATE 8/4/2016: Today, UFCW reports that the union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, pending ratification by their membership. Congratulations to members of UFCW and their leadership on this new agreement, and thank you to our members who turned out in support of our sisters and brothers! Standing together, we win. Sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts @ bit.ly/L47actionalerts

On Aug 2, 2016, hundreds of union members marched & rallied in support of Vons, Albertsons & Ralphs workers fighting to . Continue reading

Workers Memorial Day

2016+WMDposterFinalOn April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages.

We will celebrate the victories won by working people and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation. Continue reading