A Call to Action
We join together with our colleagues in a call for action from our members.
The upcoming 97th AFM Convention in Las Vegas in June is an important
opportunity. We urge our members and all members of our Players' Conferences
to read the recommendations and resolutions in the May issue of the
International Musician. The proposals from the IEB and Revenue Committee
need to be justified before being enacted. Members have to take the
opportunity to respond through their Player Conferences and Local delegates
before any increase in Federation work dues is voted upon.
Musicians in OCSM work hard to earn their livelihood. Every dollar earned is
an important one. We have seen our work dues rise over the years and have
contributed our share, to the point where symphonic work dues make up over
55% of those collected by the AFM. The proposed dues increases are planned
to be automatic pass-throughs. You will not vote on them locally, so the
only opportunity that you will have to express your opinion about whether or
not the increases are called for will be to communicate with your Local
delegates to the AFM convention.
Go to the next general meeting of your Local, call your convention
delegates, sign a petition, and let those who speak on your behalf know how
you feel about these issues. Ask your delegates to make a clear statement
about how they intend to represent you. Complacency and inaction are our
We urge you to get involved. This is your federation, your work dues, and
your livelihood, and those are your delegates to the convention.
Francine Schutzman - President OCSM
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