Archives: April 2006

04/08/06 Membership Meeting Announced

Featured Speaker, Janice Galassi, (Director of Organizing and Education, American Federation of Musicians and former Director of Symphonic Services, American Federation of Musicians)  will address life as a freelancer, the Audition Code of Ethics, and other issues, and will be available to answer your questions. Also, learn about the benefits of the AFM Pension Fund and how to participate.

04/07/06 Clear Channel Contract Ratified

Local musicians performing for south Florida Broadway productions under the Clear Channel collective bargaining agreement have ratified a new agreement.

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04/01/06 That Union Thing

NLRB Rules Against Starbucks

As a result of Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the IWW Starbucks Workers Union, Starbucks has agreed to reinstate workers who were discharged for union activity; to allow sharing of written union information on company property; and to end threats, bribes, and surveillance of members. The IWW Starbucks Workers Union was founded in 2004 and has worked to raise wages, improve job safety and secure work hours, and resolve grievances over issues such as payroll errors and exhausting schedules.

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04/01/06 Industry News

Local/Club Date

Boynton Beach High School is hoping to improve its D score from the state by partnering with the arts. Donald Trump recently donated $10,000 to the school after its chorus performed at his mansion, and the school is building new dance, drama, and chorus classrooms. They will also be partnering with Ballet Florida to bring daily dance instruction to the school.

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04/01/06 Those Were the Days

By Claude Kelly

Miami and Miami Beach was a hustle and bustle city during the WWII days....many servicemen were in the area. Big Swing Bands were the music of the times.  Many were short of players who were drafted or joined the military.  Most of the bands would search out local musicians when on tour.

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04/01/06 Member Benefits

Did you know that your union membership gives you access to special discounts and savings?

From discounts on Goodyear tires to savings on Cingular wireless services to dollars off movie tickets, your Union Plus Everyday Savings programs can help you stretch your hard-earned money further and further. Visit the site at to find out about all of them!

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04/01/06 Official Business

Membership Meeting

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04/01/06 Studio Beat

The Power of Pension

At the upcoming membership meeting, Saturday, April 22, at 11:00 AM, we will have the honor of featuring the AFMs Janice Galassi. Janice will speak about various issues important to all of us, but especially to symphonic musicians. In addition, we will have an informational panel discussion concerning pension. I urge you all to attend this important meeting. Below are some of the topics we will cover.

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04/01/06 Double Times

By the time you read this, bankruptcy checks should be in the mail to members of the Florida Philharmonic. The final hearing will be on April 6, and the FPO has been directed to disburse funds no later than April 16. We expect the musicians to each receive on average over $12,000.

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