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 →
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.
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