|Dear Local 47 Members:
Unions are complicated, with diverse constituencies and interests. This is particularly true for the American Federation of Musicians, which represents musicians working in many different fields of employment. Local 47 stands as a local voice for Los Angeles’s rank-and-file musicians within the AFM.
When musicians “go fi-core,” they are quitting the Union, and no longer accept Union representation. Fi-core is a rejection of wage standards, benefits, and protections for musicians, negotiated by fellow musicians backed by their Union representatives and ratified in a democratic process.
When you go fi-core, you are turning your back on every musician who went before you, who stood up against injustice and poverty wages and whose efforts you benefit from today. A divided Union is exactly what will benefit the employers the most. When you go fi-core it hurts every other musician the Local must bargain on behalf of.
If you have questions about what it really means to go fi-core, please feel welcome to contact me: 323.993.3181