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AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Detroit Opera

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

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Detroit Opera was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS General increases of 5%, 3%, and 2%Specific increases to Chorus Performance fees in the first year of 13%-18%Specific increases to Chorus hourly rates in the first year of 15%-25%Specific increases to Prod. Staff in the first year of 11%-18%New Resident Artists and Associate Director terms and compensationWeekly hours for Principal Artists were reduced from 36-30.  Production Staff hours before overtime reduced to 50Production Staff Prep time extended to all concerts a... Read More -->

AGMA President Receives the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management

Published August 16, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) has announced its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management. AGMA President Ray Menard is one of three distinguished 2022 honorees. “I have always thought the primary responsibility of the stage manager was to set a tone in rehearsal and performance that allowed everyone to do their best work and am grateful to the teachers, performing artists and colleagues who opened the doors and showed me the way,” said President Menard. “Thank you to the Stage Managers' Association for presenting me with the Del Hughes Award. I am honored.” According to SMA, the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management is the ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS Addition of five guaranteed workweeksCompensation increases of between 7% and 10% in first year, 3% and 4% in second and third yearsRetirement contribution increased to 7%Personal days increased to 3 per year for all ArtistsSingle rooms increased on all toursGuaranteed meal access following late performances on tour, including for special dietsBaggage allotment increased on longer toursIncrease in per diems and overtime ratesExpands severance coverage t... Read More -->

Support Starbucks Workers United

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

AGMA stands in solidarity with all of the workers at Starbucks locations across the nation in their steadfast organizing efforts. Support Starbucks Workers United directly by “adopting” a store! Details about the program are contained in their form and it allows individuals and organizations to customize their level of participation. Be sure to sign the national pledge (No Contract, No Coffee!) also found toward the end of the Google Doc. ... Read More -->

Save the Date: 2022 NYC Labor Day Parade

Published August 11, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA members are invited to join AGMA and the New York Labor Movement at the 2022 NYC Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 10! The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. at Fifth Avenue & 44th Street. AGMA leaders, staff, and members will walk proudly in the parade behind our brand-new union banner for the first time since summer 2019. Any AGMA members in the area are invited to walk with their union. This year’s theme is WORKERS LEADING, WORKERS RISING and is organized by the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the federation of 300 unions representing 1.3 million workers in the NYC area, which is the nation's largest municipal labor federation. AGMA and many of its sibling unions have a ... Read More -->

Registration Reminder: Negotiating Workshop on August 15

Published August 9, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas, Mid & South Atlantic Area

REMINDER! The Staging Staff Caucus is hosting 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! AGMA members that have already registered do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent ahead of August 15. 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 Collectiv... Read More -->

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 -->