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Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published April 30, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today marks our final day of scheduled bargaining with the Met. The last twelve weeks have been productive, trying, positive, and contentious, but we are excited and hopeful that our progress will foster a Met in which we can all take pride. Your support and solidarity have made any of this even possible, and that continues to inspire our 36-person Negotiating Committee today. Thank you for motivating us every single week since we began. We shall remain steadfast and resolute, and continue to fight for a more equitable, safe, and inclusive Metropolitan Opera. We will be back in touch soon. As Always If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ned Hanlon, Negotiating Committee Chair, at ehanlo@gmail.com, Eas... Read More -->

Next AGMA Staging Staff Caucus Meeting: May 20

Published April 29, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The next meeting of the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. eastern. Mark your calendars! All Staging Staff members of AGMA in good standing are encouraged to attend. Last week the Staging Staff Caucus held its kickoff meeting. To those who attended, thank you for a great meeting! To those who couldn’t make it, don't worry! You can attend any of the future meetings! Register for the May meeting here. ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published April 26, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This week, our last currently on the books, we are focusing on safety. As Met Chorister Daniel Clark Smith has said, "Safety doesn't just apply to the stage. We are striving to make the Met a safe workplace across the board, free of racism, harassment, and retaliation." The industry needs to expand its meaning of “safety” in the workplace. Safety isn’t just about avoiding injury on the stage or behind the scenes. True safety is about ensuring the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of Artists. Artists deserve to have holistic safeguards in place to protect their body, mind, and heart. On that note, in addition to a discussion surrounding reasonable compensation to Artists for use of free live s... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Meeting on April 28

Published April 21, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details on the day of the meeting, register here. ... Read More -->

AGMA Dancers Caucus Announce May 4 Meeting

Published April 19, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Next Meeting: May 4, 8:00 p.m. ET Register The AGMA Dancers Caucus serves as a forum where AGMA Dancers come together to discuss and share goals and aspirations, and lend support to fellow Dancers and other AGMA members through communicating with each other and the union's elected leadership. All AGMA Dancers in good standing are encouraged to add their voice to the conversation and attend the next official meeting on Tuesday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held over Zoom. To register, fill out this form. Registrants will receive the Zoom details in the days leading up to the meeting. Please email dancerscaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

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Greetings from the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee! Though every email and social media post the last 11 weeks has ended with our names and categories, we want to better introduce ourselves. We are a diverse group of 36 Artists, representing every category of AGMA working at the Metropolitan Opera. We are the Artists for a better Met. As Met Dancer Sarah Weber Gallo recently said, "We are working toward tangible, systemic, and sustainable change at the Met. Any partnership in bettering our company requires trust, respect, and a shared commitment to raising up all voices." We will continue to challenge racism, sexism, and all systemic issues Artists face in their workplaces. We know that true change in the Arts will take more than j... Read More -->

Announcing the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus and Kickoff Meeting

Published April 12, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Kickoff Meeting: April 22, 2021, 9:00 p.m. ET Register The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is the newest collective to join a growing number of AGMA-member caucuses at the union. A virtual kickoff meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22. Open to Stage Directors, Assistant Stage Directors, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Choreographers, and Fight Directors, the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus seeks to further the understanding of Staging Staff within AGMA, act as a resource for AGMA members and staff, and provide opportunities to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest in order to benefit all AGMA members. “As the AGMA Directors, Stage Managers, Choreographers, and Fight Directors in opera, concert dance, and choral... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

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Ten weeks ago, we sent our first Met update. Wow. It has been a long road, but the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee’s work continues and we are happy to provide you the following update. What Happened Last Week Substantial progress on proposals to expand Artist representation and protections beyond the Opera House to outside venues and digital capturesDiscussion of basic standards for outside rehearsal spaces and travel to get to them What’s Happening This Week Continued work on comprehensive anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion contractual languageDiscussion on creating an efficient, effective, and unified break structure for all ArtistsFollow up on proposals for all Met AGMA work groups Our purpose as Artists... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published April 5, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We hope you all had a restful weekend and a lovely start to April. Last week, we completed our eighth week of bargaining at the Met. Our work is far from done, and so, we are committed to continuing bargaining beyond the original eight-week period. Our eighth week was something special, as we made progress on Chorister, Extra-Chorister, and Dancer Proposals and presented our comprehensive Anti-Racism and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Proposals. We are happy to report that we have made groundbreaking progress on our Anti-racism and DEI proposals including: Expanded notification and access to auditionsAnti-racist training for all individuals working with ArtistsCreation of a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee made up... Read More -->

AGMA Memo to Companies: Vaccinations are a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining

Published April 1, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On Thursday, April 1, AGMA sent the following memo entitled "Vaccinations: A Mandatory Subject of Bargaining" to its signatory companies: TO:                  AGMA Signatory Companies FROM:            Leonard Egert, National Executive Director RE:                  Vaccinations: A Mandatory Subject of Bargaining DATE:            April 1, 2021 As COVID-19 vaccinations become more available for AGMA members and their employers, we write to notify our Si... Read More -->