This past month, President Bertolet and Secretary-Treasurer Apana visited with fellows at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. They were joined by AFM SSD Director Rochelle Skolnick, AFM Symphonic Media Director Debbie Newmark, ROPA President John Michael Smith, and ICSOM Chairperson Meredith Snow.
They spoke about how everyone needs a union, even professional football players and famous actors. They also talked about what the AFM does for musicians, including negotiating contracts that make sure they have safe working conditions and fair pay. The fellows also learned about ethical audition practices, the history of the AFM and Local 655,
and some of the actions the Local has recently taken to help members, including negotiating the Palm Beach Opera contract and filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The fellows were also encouraged to actively participate in their Locals once they enter the professional workforce.