Archives: August 2011

08/01/11 Message From the Election Committee

Election Committee Ready For Nominations

It is nomination time for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and six Directors of Local 655. Nominations are by written petition signed by the nominee and five additional members (a sample appears in the newsletter and on the website). Nominations must be received by September 22nd and may be mailed to: South Florida Musicians Assoc., Local 655 Election Committee, P.O. Box 814805, Hollywood, FL 33081. We will also be available to receive petitions and answer questions at the next membership meeting.

Scott Whitney, Elena Alamilla, Neil Kaplan, Eddie Martinez
AFM Local 655 Election Committee

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08/01/11 From the President

It has been brought to my attention that many musicians do not realize they are vested in the musicians' pension fund. If you have been employed or gigging under a union contract (single engagement or CBA) for five consecutive years, you most likely have pension money coming to you when you retire.

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08/01/11 Official Business

SFMA Elections Notice

Please note that nominations are now open for elections for the 2012-14 term of office. For more information, please go to .

08/01/11 That Union Thing

After taking significant pay cuts for the past two years to help Miami balance its budget, city workers may be asked to take 22 furlough days this year. The city has a $54 million budget deficit and furloughing employees would save $19 million. City commissioners have until the end of September to ratify a budget.

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08/01/11 Local and Industry News

After a two-year drop, donations to the arts have begun to rebound. In 2010, donations rose an estimated 5.7 percent. Adjusted for inflation, donation levels are still about 11 percent below their pre-recession peak.

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08/01/11 Membership Roster Changes

New, Reinstated, Resigned, and Suspended members for July 2011

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