Statement from AGMA President Ray Menard

Published June 24, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today the Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade and Casey vs. Planned Parenthood, ending constitutional protections for abortion in a 6-3 decision. This ruling, a departure from 50 years of established law, makes abortion immediately inaccessible and often illegal to obtain in large portions of the country. Starting today, any person with a uterus now risks having to carry a pregnancy to term against their will and regardless of the risk, possibly at the cost of their own lives. When we learned of this eventuality through the leak of a draft opinion in May, I said: "Unions have always known that comprehensive healthcare is a fundamental right, and this decision will make it harder for pregnant people to make their own choices and... Read More -->


Published June 23, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today—at a time when the heartbreaking and irrevocable consequences of gun violence have never been more apparent—the Supreme Court issued a radical decision invalidating common-sense gun laws that protect millions of Americans. This decision makes artists—public figures who work in high-profile spaces—and our audiences less safe. I am disheartened and appalled. The safety of AGMA members will always be the Union's number one priority and today's ruling has put us all at greater risk. Ray Menard, AGMA President  ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies One-Year Agreement with Cincinnati Ballet

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The new one-year agreement between AGMA and Cincinnati Ballet was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Highlights include: COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Wage increases: 12% (Apprentices), 10% (New Dancers), 5% (First Year Corps), 4% (Corps + Soloists), 3% Principals3 additional paid sick days Increased extended sick pay leave ($400/week)3 job-protected weeks of extended sick pay leave for non-birthing parents.Paid half-hour call for dress rehearsalsEmployer will seek permission to provide digital copies of performances to dancers HEALTH AND SAFETY Use of intimacy coach for all intimate scenesProtections against surveillance regarding recording devices in studios DIVERSITY, EQU... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies One-Year Agreement with Opera Philadelphia

Published June 22, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new one-year agreement between AGMA and Opera Philadelphia was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. This is a Memorandum of Agreement and negotiations begin in 2023. Highlights include: 3% increase in compensation, per diems, and overtimeCommitment to begin 2023 negotiations at the MOA ratesCommitment to continue monthly Joint Labor-Management Committee meetingsContractual recognition of OP’s racial equity work, commitment to include AGMA Artists in ongoing work of EIC (Equity and Inclusion Committee); agreement that monthly JLMC meetings will address equity issues, such as recruitment, selection, retention, mentorship, training, advancement, and accessibility Thank you to the neg... Read More -->

Reminder: Staging Staff Caucus Meeting on June 27

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

REMINDER! The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will welcome back guest speakers Narda E. Alcorn and Lisa Porter on June 27. Check out their bios here. Narda and Lisa will present "Staging Staff's Role in Building an Equitable and Inclusive Production Culture” and will discuss adaptable practices and resources. There will be time for a Q&A! If you are an AGMA Staging Staff member in good standing and have not registered yet, please do so here. If you have already registered, you do not need to again - the Zoom details will be sent leading up to June 27. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies Three-Year Agreement with Sarasota Ballet

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We are happy to report that the collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Sarasota Ballet was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Highlights include: Progress toward eliminating inequitable pay structures; first-year wage increases between 12% - 10%, and 5% in the second year for 6 ranks below First SoloistElimination of dancer contribution to monthly health insurance premium – about $100 in savingsNew safety and health language giving AGMA the ability to enforce COVID safety and to address DEI issues as matters of health & safetyNew DEI provision committing Company to work with Artists at regular Joint Committee meetings to implement policies, practices, training, and compla... Read More -->

Reminder: OCCC Bargaining Priorities Meeting on June 27

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

Important meeting reminder! The OCCC meeting on June 27 will focus on Chorister Bargaining Priorities. Whether you are an artist that sings in an opera chorus, a concert choir, or a symphony chorus, it’s vital your voice be heard. Today around 1:00 p.m. ET, the OCCC emailed all AGMA Choristers in good standing a bargaining priorities survey to complete ahead of the meeting. This short survey will help the OCCC better understand how AGMA choristers around the country feel on a variety of issues. The results of this survey will be discussed at the June 27 meeting and will inform the OCCC's recommendation to the Board of Governors regarding nationwide chorister bargaining priorities. If you are an AGMA Chorister in good standing a... Read More -->

Juneteenth Message from AGMA

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

Juneteenth is the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The tragic reality was it took more than two years from when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation for the last enslaved people to be freed - in Galveston, Texas - on June 19, 1865.  We must use AGMA’s power and resources to combat inequality and oppression in our industries and our society. Racism and discrimination are safety issues; they make our workplaces dangerous and tear at the fabric of solidarity that binds us together. Juneteenth is a day for reflection. At AGMA, we give thanks for the leadership, energy, and vision of our Black members, who have led the way as our union has worked to confront systemic racism in our industr... Read More -->

AGMA President Delivers Remarks at AFL-CIO Convention

Published June 17, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

A year after receiving an AFL-CIO direct charter, President Ray Menard and AGMA Governor Evelyn Santiago attended the 29th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia as union delegates. This marks the first time since 2005 that AGMA had a delegate presence at the conference, which is held every four years. The AFL-CIO is a federation of 57 unions and 12.5 million members. At the Convention, Liz Shuler was elected AFL-CIO President alongside Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, both making history as the first woman and the first African American to hold office in their respective roles. President Joe Biden spoke at the Convention as well. The Convention ran from June 12 until June 15. According to the AFL-CIO website, “ele... Read More -->

Union Night at Dodger Stadium on August 5

Published June 15, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Come out to Dodger Stadium on August 5 for Union Night! AGMA members are entitled to a special event ticket package which includes a ticket to the game and an exclusive Union Night promotional item. All ticket package purchases include a $1.00 donation to Labor 411 Educational Foundation. More information on this public Union Night can be found here. *AGMA highlights public Union Nights that are brought to our direct attention. Please check your favorite team's website to see if they are hosting a Union Night as well!* ... Read More -->