Archives: January 2016

01/01/16 Official Business

2016 Annual Dues Now Payable:

Please send your checks before the end of January to avoid late fees or suspension of membership. You may also make semiannual payments by paying half in January and half in July. Please contact the office if you have questions, and please send checks to:

AFM Local 655
404 SE 15 St
Fort Lauderdale FL 33316

01/01/16 Last Month at the Local

Last month we assisted a member with making contributions to the AFM-EP pension fund. Did you know that you can make contributions to the fund on your own behalf using the LS-1 AFM contract? The AFM-EPF secures your retirement with fixed payments for life. If you'd like more information about our Pension fund, or the LS-1 contract form, please let us know.

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01/01/16 Membership Benefits

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) was established in 1948 as a nonprofit independent public service organization whose mission includes contributing to the public knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as making music a part of every child's life experience.

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01/01/16 That Union Thing

New York City Councilman Brad Lander has introduced the Freelance Isn't Free Act. If adopted by the City Council, the bill would require employers to sign a written contract with a set payment deadline for any freelance work valued at more than $200. The bill would allow the Department of Consumer Affairs to assess double damages for violations, as well as jail late-paying employers for up to three months. The Freelancers Union claims that freelancers in New York City lose an average of $6,000 per year in unpaid services.

01/01/16 Local and Industry News

The Every Student Succeeds Act has been signed into law. The Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind, includes the arts in the definition of a "well-rounded education" and integrates the arts into STEM programs. States must now invest in arts education learning standards and resourcing of arts education.

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01/01/16 Membership Roster Changes

New, Reinstated, Resigned, and Suspended members for December 2015:


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