American Federation of Musicians Local 4 President and North Coast Area Labor Federation affiliate Len DiCosimo explained how musicians are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic and more on today’s episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Getting musicians back to work
DiCosimo explained how symphonies and other musical groups across the country are looking for ways to get back to playing concerts in venues. He said a lot of science is going into the process. From which instrument combinations work best to limit heavy breathing, to learning how HVAC systems circulate air through venues.
DiCosimo is the president of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 in Cleveland. Thanks to the proximity with the Cleveland Clinic, Local 4 has been working closely with the Cleveland Clinic to figure out the best conditions to play in.
The union difference
He then explained one way unions make a difference for musicians who often play expense instruments and use expensive equipment.
DiCosimo said many musicians have their instruments and equipment covered under insurance plans. He said many types of insurance will not cover musical equipment if it is lost in travel, disasters or for other reasons.
Getting out the vote
Finally, DiCosimo talked about the rallies that have been held locally in Cleveland, Ohio. He said these drive-in style rallies have been a success. Attendees have been pulling up in their cars at venues in union-dense areas in order to hear politicians and labor leaders speak.