American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the American Music Fairness Act — bipartisan legislation to establish a performance right for sound recordings broadcast on terrestrial radio. The bill would close a decades-long loophole that has allowed AM/FM radio broadcasters to play music without compensating performers and producers for their work. Continue reading
No other demographic in America was affected by the pandemic quite like the live performance industry.
Within a week after March 12, 2020, the entire industry shutdown. Musicians, performers and stagehands suddenly found themselves with no income and their health insurance threatened, with no sign of when the world would re-open.
Adam Krauthamer, President of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the challenges performers faced during the pandemic and how the AFM fought to secure pay, healthcare and pension benefits for its members. Continue reading
Len DiCosimo, President of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss mask requirements and vaccine mandates, particularly at concerts and theater performances.
He also discussed how the American Rescue Plan helped artists, musicians and venues recover from the financial devastation of the pandemic — and why the arts need to stick together through these trying times. Continue reading
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have struggled due to venues being closed to reduce spread.
American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo discussed how musicians are faring during the pandemic and how they have been making ends meet until the pandemic is under control on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director, Bill Samuel spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 25 about the HEROES Act. Continue reading
Benjamin Ryan, contributing writer for The Nation spoke with America’s Work Force on August 15 to discuss the lack of paid leave in the United States. Continue reading
During the Jan. 8 edition of America’s Work Force, Frank Mathews with Communication Workers of America, discussed issues that the new congress will be taking on in 2019.
Mathews talked about the new congress holding big corporations accountable who outsourced jobs after receiving tax cuts. He talked about investigating AT&T and other corporations who took advantage of the tax cuts, who said they will create more jobs, but outsourced them instead. Mathews also talked about more states rising up against So-Called “Right to Work,” specifically in the midwest.
Leonard DiCosimo with the Cleveland Federation of Musicians was also featured on the Jan. 8 edition of AWF. Dicosimo talked about a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement with musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra. These contracts included modest increases in salaries, increased benefits, changed audition policies and a 2 percent increase in weekly compensation. He also talked about the Cleveland Federation of Musicians upcoming plans for 2019.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing partial government shutdown and people calling their senators asking to not work on any bills that do not deal with the reopening of the government.