Archive for March, 2006

ANGER AT ADMINISTRATION REACHING BOILING POINT/COMMENTS

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Committee mailing 3/27/06

Greetings Local 47 Colleagues,

We’ve been receiving so many comments from fellow Local 47
members that we wanted to share them with you. The anger at
the actions of this administration are reaching a boiling point
for many. As is our custom, the comments will be sent anonymously
unless otherwise directed.

It is vital that you come to the April 24th meeting at the Union
and bring 3 people with you! It is OUR local, not the
administrations local and it is time we had a voice again!

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

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DETAILS OF FMA/LOCAL 47 OFFICER MEETING RE: B. MARKAY/E. HENRY

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Greetings LOCAL 47 Colleagues!,

On Friday March 3,2006 a meeting took place in President
Espinosa’s office concerning the firing of Barbara Markay.

Below is a report by Lisa Haley from that meeting. Local 47
members Charles Fernandez and former Vice-president David
Schubach were also in attendance along with other members of
the FMA.

Following her report, we will have observations from another
attendee.

Thank you for reading and BE AT THE APRIL 24th MEETING!

THE COMMITTEE

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Dear esteemed fellow Union members:

At the Friday, March 3, 2006 meeting between Freelance Musicians
Assn-L.A. members and Local #47 officers, the following letter
was put forward by the FMA:

LETTER OF REQUEST:
– a letter of request was presented to President Hal, Vince
Trombetta, and board member Leslie Lashinsky, asking the
following:

– Barbara Markay and Errol Henry to be reinstated with back
pay, pending an inquiry as to whether our Local followed its own
policies on the dismissals.
– our Promotions Dept to be given a bona-fide office, and
restored to its former activities
– our Network Referral office to be left in its present location
– all future issues regarding Promotions Dept or Network
Referral to be put to a vote by a quorum at a general membership meeting.
– our officers to make a report setting forth evidence of what
surveys were done to support the need for re-structure of the
Promotions Dept.
– our officers to present evidence of what duties Barbara
Markay was unable or unwilling to do when asked, and where
her “skill-set” was lacking, which allegedly was the basis for her
dismissal.

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ERROL LETTERS TO THE ESPINOSA ADMINISTRATION RE: MISTREATMENT BY OFFICE MANAGER

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Greetings Local 47 Colleagues,

The following are correspondence sent from Errol Henry to the Board and Officers of the Local, plus an update for the membership at the end. He asked us to share these with you, the members of Local 47.

For those who don’t know who Errol Henry was to the Local, he was an employee for 9 years. For the last few years he had run the referral service.

When reading the correspondence below please keep in mind that Errol in his entire nine years at the local NEVER filed a formal complaint against anyone. He also increased the jobs created by the referral service every year he was there, his last year being a record year.

This fine and loyal employee to the membership for nine years was in the end driven to lodge the
complaints below because of the inexcusable conduct of Doug Caine, conduct we’ve already seen in action with the treatment of Barbara Markay.

Examples from Errol below:
•“Don’t f••• with me Henry! I’ll have your job in a heartbeat!”
• “You’re fired”, “Can’t you take a joke Henry?”
•“This conversation is over! You’ve told me everything I need to know!”
• “Have Miss Boston Boobies help you with it.”
• He once stated to me that he’s here because it “amuses” him. That’s his attitude. He wants to see how far he can go for amusement sake.

It’s a long read but you need to know what’s being allowed by this administration to go on at our
Local. LET YOUR VIEWS BE KNOWN!

Let’s let Errol tell you in his own words:

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MARKAY TESTIMONIALS FROM THE FMA

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Barbara Markay testimonials

Dear Friends:

Here is a sampling of letters sent on behalf of Barbara Markay.
Please add your voice!

President Hal’s email: preshal@socal.rr.com
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Barbara Markay runs the Promotions dept., an essential tool for Freelance Musicians in our Union.

Barbara has greatly benefited us all over the years – giving us guidance with reguard to record labels, managers, agents, distribution, CD pressing – every aspect of the needs of recording artists. To have a meeting with Barbara was always to come away with a successful game plan for one’s next career step. A treasure trove. I have testimonials coming out my ears this week. A fine use of our Union dues, with which we were well-satisfied.

Officially Barbara’s title, ‘radio and retail promotions’, conveys the picture of someone providing info on CDs and radio. This any rep could cover. But in reality, Barbara’s abilities cover many more aspects of Promotion. She has had a hit song, made money therefrom, and has a lot of wisdom to give us from a successful recording artist’s perspective.

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HAL AND THE GANG ARE AT IT AGAIN!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Hal and the gang are at it again, another live service employee fired while on vacation!

Dear LOCAL 47 colleagues,

This administration is hell bent on destroying services for the live players and we’ve seen more proof of that tonight.

Errol Henry, who has worked for the Local for the last 9 years and ran the referral service, was fired while home sick, recuperating from the flu.

At least this time Doug Caine wasn’t used as the front man. President Hal Espinosa himself told Errol Henry he was being fired because he felt Errol “Couldn’t follow a Mandate”. This according to Errol himself.

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