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Thanks to Pressure from AFM Members

Yesterday evening the AFM-EPF trustees sent out
an email informing plan participants of their decision
to support the Butch Lewis Act. We want to
commend the trustees for finally acting on what
is in the best interest of all plan participants.

MPS first approached the trustees about Senator
Sherrod Brown’s then pension proposal as far
back as July. In October, we asked the trustees
to allow Senator Brown’s actuaries to analyze
the AFM-EPF plan data to show the benefits his
proposal would have on our fund. After meeting
with Senator Brown’s staff on November 2, it still
took another seven weeks for the AFM-EPF
trustees to decide that the Butch Lewis Act
would help our troubled pension fund.

Supporting the Butch Lewis Act is a step in
the right direction for the AFM-EPF trustees.
However, plan participants must continue to
hold the trustees accountable for their actions
both past and present. In 2014 when our
trustees helped write and pass MPRA (the
law that allows trustees to cut existing
benefits) they were actively engaged in
Washington D.C. lobbying on behalf of
the legislation and spent money to support
its passage. We must demand that in the
coming weeks our AFM-EPF trustees
publicly show that same level of support
for the Butch Lewis Act.

Recently, MPS joined with many important
unions and multi-employer pension plans to
oppose the efforts of the NCCMP and others
to undermine the Butch Lewis Act with
“composite plan” legislation. (See the coalition
statement here) The composite plan proposal
was part of the original MPRA proposal in
2014, but didn’t make it into the final law.
NCCMP has been pursuing it ever since.
In the last few weeks, they have dramatically
ramped up their efforts. Moving forward,
MPS will again reach out to the AFM-EPF
trustees in hopes of working together to find
new ways in which we can support the Butch
Lewis Act. First, we will ask the trustees to
join MPS and sign on to the coalition statement
disavowing the composite proposal because
it is not in the interests of the plan participants

MPS wants to thank all the AFM members
across the country who are actively engaged
in the fight to protect our pension. Whether
it was talking to a colleague at intermission
or calling Ray Hair’s office it was your hard
work, your organizing, your phone calls, and
your emails that created the pressure which
led our trustees to finally act. For many years,
our trustees pursued and supported MPRA.
Now, because of your efforts, our trustees
are forced to seriously consider new
legislative solutions in Washington D.C., like
the Butch Lewis Act, that don’t start with
cuts to benefits.

Since MPS was founded, it has been our
mission to bring together AFM musicians
across the country in search of more
information about the state of our pension
and, ultimately, to demand more
transparency and accountability from
the AFM-EPF Trustees. With your input
and participation, we have become a
national force working towards a
sustainable long-term plan for a secure

The coming weeks will show plan
participants just how serious the
AFM-EPF trustees are in supporting
the Butch Lewis Act.


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One Response to “”

  1. John says:

    interesting story & comments at https://www.facebook.com/scoringsessions/ about Local 47 falsely accusing a company of doing a non-union session. Thoughts?

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