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.

With 1.7 billion dollars in assets, the pension fund is able to fulfill its obligations for at least the next 40 years. Visit to view the new “Pension Calculator” which can estimate what your monthly retirement distribution will be. If you have any questions please call or write to us and we will assist you.

It is election time at our Local 655 and every position is open for nomination. Our union is run by professional musicians and every member who has been in good standing continuously for at least one year before September 22nd is eligible to run for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary-treasurer and six Director positions. The new term begins on January 2012 and runs through December 2014 (three years). Send in your nomination petition or bring it to the September membership meeting.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Janet Clippard


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