Archives: June 2016

06/01/16 Official Business

Wage Scales Go Up...Why Should I care?

Local 655 minimum wage scales rose on June 1, and members should make note of the new rates. Members adopted these rates as a bottom line, a necessary floor if we hope to make a living as professional musicians. We together have decided that working below these rates kills good jobs and creates a race to the bottom that makes it impossible for us to earn a living as professional musicians.

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06/01/16 Last Month at the Local

After a second round of bargaining last month, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with Palm Beach Opera. The new three-year agreement is subject to ratification by the musicians and the PBO board of directors. Thanks go to orchestra committee members Karen Dixon, Chris Glansdorp, Michael Forte, Dale Sandvold, and Laura Winters for their many hours of hard work over the past few months. Thanks also goes to AFM negotiator Todd Jelen for his assistance during negotiations. Details of the new agreement should be available shortly.

06/01/16 Member Profiles

Name: Carey Kleiman

Instruments: Saxes, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet

Member Since: 1999

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06/01/16 Membership Benefits

Gig and Teaching Referrals for South Florida Musicians Members

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06/01/16 That Union Thing

According to Congress' Joint Economic Committee, the number of jobs in Florida has grown but wages have not.

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06/01/16 Local and Industry News

Marilynn Wick has bought the Wick Theatre for $5 million. Wick took over the closed and bankrupt venue formerly known as the Caldwell Theatre in 2013, with an option to buy. Wick is now embarking on a $5 million fundraising campaign, a program to double the subscriber base, and is creating a children's theater to launch in 2017. She is also constructing an orchestra pit in the theater with the intent of having live music for most of the shows next season, and eventually live music for all shows.

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06/01/16 Membership Roster Changes

New, Reinstated, Resigned, and Suspended members for May 2016:

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