I. RESPONSE TO THE LAST BLOG
II. MEMBER COMMENT
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I. RESPONSE TO THE LAST BLOG
I am perplexed why this blog hasn’t generated ANY discussion. First,
the letter from Charles Fernandez warrants a discussion about the
ongoing persecution by the AFM of a select group of working musicians
here in Los Angeles. I say “select” because some people are being
brought up on charges while others are still getting away with playing
I’m sure most of us are aware of it happening, but I worry that many
people still feel that if they simply keep their heads down it won’t
happen to them. Maybe that was true 10 years ago, but it is definitely
not true today. Why doesn’t this make people mad??? I was one of
those people – until I was brought up on charges by AFM.
I too had to hire an attorney to help me navigate through the Answer
/Rebuttal/Surrebuttal process only to suffer the indignity of learning
that the IEB met behind closed doors, found me guilty and expelled me.
I was never granted a hearing nor did they ever answer my questions
or address my concerns!
That is not only a direct violation of the AFM By-laws, it is a violation
of my constitutional rights. Thankfully, I had already been granted
Fi-core status so I am free to perform both union and non-union work.
Things need to change here in LA if working musicians ever want to be
able to work freely without fear of repercussion. The answer is simple.
Until California becomes a “Right To Work” state, musicians need to
strongly consider declaring their Fi-core/Beck status in order to do
both union and non-union work out in the open.
The second letter in the blog should also get people’s attention.
This letter was written in 2008 by a member of Local 802 accurately
describing and predicting the demise of the film music recording industry.
That was NINE years ago!
It is now 2017 and we have lost the majority of our recording contracts
to overseas orchestras. Why isn’t this generating discussion? Why
doesn’t this make people mad as hell and want to change the situation?
Los Angeles has a plethora of amazing musicians who are ready, willing
and able to play these sessions. What is it going to take to get enough
people to speak out so that change can begin to happen?
I am perplexed. I simply do not get it. I hope this will generate some
discussion. (Be careful what you wish for, right?)
I don’t see how Local 47 can charge someone for conducting a non-union
date when conducting isn’t listed in the bylaws as a position that must
be a union position. They have no grounds for this and if they did,
ALL CONDUCTORS of non-union sessions MUST be treated the same,
getting the same harassment and ridicule. It’s a shame that Local 47
continues to be a bottomless pit for wasting musicians’ money this way.
Wouldn’t it be wiser if they invested those funds/time/energy on
bringing NEW WORK to LA?!
Charles Fernandez doesn’t need a lawyer, he needs an ARMY!! Who
else has the cajones to join us? Unjust treatment and harassment
should not be condoned or dismissed. It’s called aiding and abetting.
Doing nothing is just as bad as what the union is trying to do:
unlawfully attacking one of its own.
And commentary from Charles Fernandez on the comments above:
Is it that they (members) don’t care?, Are fine as long as it’s not them?,
Or are they scared to speak up, even as there is so little work left it’s not
as though they’ll lose work they don’t have a chance in hell of getting
in any case? OR,… is it that they’ve long ago given up on this corrupt
group and are simply apathetic, expecting nothing better.
For any member to be summarily expelled without a chance to defend
themselves,… in effect guilty until proven innocent, is breaking labor
law and the spirit of our “innocent until proven guilty” history. These
folks have no shame, even as they expel other members for doing what
they themselves do.
Despicable, inexcusable and what you would expect from a dictator,
cult or mafia, not a union.
II. MEMBER COMMENT
Now that the Local 47/Club has millions of dollars in
the bank….the BOD is planning to produce an “Awards
Show” along the lines of SAG-AFTA…Grammys, Golden
Globe. They were discussing a name for it…they should
just call it the RMA Awards. Sickening!
N.B. = Nota Bene
The graveyards are full of people who thought they
were indispensable! Can’t blame the BOD for dancing
with the ones that ” brung em”.
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