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Kentucky Flood Resources

Published August 8, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

There are numerous resources available to those impacted by the flooding in Eastern Kentucky that began on July 26. The most comprehensive and current information - including FEMA Mobil Registration Centers, emergency and temporary housing, material donations, mental health services and more - can be found at: https://governor.ky.gov/flood-resources ... Read More -->

AGMA Stands in Solidarity with Workers at Warrior Met Coal

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Since April 2021, hundreds of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members have been engaged in an Unfair Labor Practice Strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama. Well over one whole year. Recently, the NLRB has ordered the Union to pay Warrior Met Coal over 13 million dollars. AGMA stands in solidarity alongside the United Mine Workers of America as they vigorously challenge an outrageous assessment of damages made by the National Labor Relations Board Region 10 regarding the UMWA’s 16-month strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama. We call on the NLRB to immediately reverse the alarming and unprecedented determination they’ve made. UMWA has established a Strike Aid Fund, with UMWA International contributing the first $... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus to Host Negotiating Workshop on August 15

Published August 1, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Staging Staff Caucus will host a Negotiating Workshop on Monday, August 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET. All AGMA members in good standing are encouraged to attend. The Staging Staff Caucus hopes this opportunity will assist AGMA members who may join negotiating committees in the future!  Joining the Caucus to facilitate the workshop is Arthur Wheaton, director of Labor Studies and who also works in the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab. His expertise includes workplace training, negotiations, costing out a contract and conflict resolution, as well as auto and aerospace industrial relations. He has taught Collective Bargaining, Negotiations, Organizational Change, Steward Training, Interest-Based Bargaining, Conflict Resolution, Communications, C... Read More -->

DANCE/NYC Launches Dance Industry Census

Published July 21, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

DANCE/NYC has officially launched its Dance Industry Census. This comprehensive research study aims to better understand the size, makeup, health, and state of the dance ecosystem in the metropolitan New York City area in order to address economic inequities in the field and ensure that all dance workers are recognized and represented. Participants will be able to submit the survey through October 31, 2022. Greater metropolitan area AGMA members working in the dance industry (like dancers, staging staff, teachers, choreographers, dance therapists, etc.) are encouraged to add their voices. An FAQ is available here. Complete the survey at Dance.NYC/DanceIndustryCensus to be counted as a member of the NYC dance community. Any qu... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreements with Pacific Northwest Ballet

Published July 20, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is happy to report that the new collective bargaining agreements for Dancers and Stage Managers between AGMA and Pacific Northwest Ballet were ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the respective shops. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language in both the Dancer CBA and the Stage Manager CBA, particularly when it comes to compensation and benefits; health and safety; DEI; and Digital Media. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS FOR DANCERS: COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS​ Year 1: Wage increases of 24.5% wage for Apprentices; 4.5% for all other DancersYears 2-4: 3% increases for all0.25% i... Read More -->

Unions Urge House to Vote YES on HR 8294

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Today the House is scheduled to vote on the final passage of HR 8294, which includes the FY23 funding increase for the NEA and NEH. The vote will likely occur between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. ET.  Increased National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding will improve the working lives of AGMA members and other union creative professionals and help our industries/local economies recover from the pandemic’s economic devastation. As part of the Department for Professional Employees, our ultimate goal is to fund the NEA and NEH at $331 million, or $1 per capita. Increasing NEA and NEH funding to $207 million in FY23 is a meaningful step to reaching $331 million. The NEA and NEH support g... Read More -->

AGMA Reaches Tentative Agreement with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Published July 19, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Ailey Negotiating Committee has reached a Tentative Agreement with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. We will soon begin the ratification process and we will have more to share in August. Thank you to each member of the Negotiating Committee for their tireless work toward a fair and equitable contract, and thanks to the public for sharing our message and supporting our cause.  ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 1-Year Extension with Pittsburgh Opera

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AGMA's new one-year extension with Pittsburgh Opera has been ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Within this extension, there have been increases in wages and the addition of three new DEI provisions. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 1-year extension! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: 2% cost of living increase for production staff1% cost of living increase for performers​20% increase in per diems for visiting soloists DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION Three new DEI provisions:Right to union representation when raising concerns about discrimination and harassmentCommitment to recruiting from historically excluded groupsAgreement to ask for and use artist... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 2-Year Agreement with Atlanta Ballet

Published July 18, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA's new collective bargaining agreement with Atlanta Ballet has been ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to more equitable compensation for newer dancers. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 2-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: New Dancer rate  of  $700 will replace the old Apprentice rate – fully $200 morePreserved existing wage structure and seniority for the rest of the company​Approx. 5% increase for most dancers in the first year and 3% in the second year; with a higher increase for dancers below $1,000​Increase... Read More -->

Opera Singer Patrick Shelton Joins AGMA Staff as New York Business Rep

Published July 13, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Patrick Shelton (he/him/his) has joined AGMA’s professional staff as one of the New York Business Representatives. Originally from Long Island, and after many years living in Boston and Chicago, he is looking forward to returning home. “We are thrilled to have Patrick join this team,” said Sam Wheeler, National Executive Director, AGMA. “His track record when it comes to organizing is indisputable. His longstanding commitment to the labor movement within the Performing Arts, and his experience as an Operatic Soloist, is a tremendous and invaluable asset.” Shelton attended New England Conservatory and Roosevelt University and has worked as a Young Artist and Operatic Soloist. He has performed with AGMA and non-AGMA signa... Read More -->