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Reminder: AGMA is Committed to Preventing Sexual Harassment

Published August 24, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

Reminder: AGMA is committed to preventing sexual harassment of Artists working in opera, dance and choral concert fields.  Indeed, prior to the #MeToo movement, in May 2015, AGMA established policies to prevent harassment and set up a confidential reporting system (see https://www.musicalartists.org/agma-establishes-system-members-report-conduct-creates-hostile-work-environment/).  Since that time, AGMA has assisted its members in multiple claims of harassment.  Although we are constrained in providing details due to confidentiality, AGMA staff has assisted individual members and its working groups in multiple harassment investigations/incidents at companies throughout the country. Over the past few months, we have assisted individual... Read More -->

Tentative Agreement Reached with Metropolitan Opera

Published August 6, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802, the American Guild of Musical Artists, and the management of the Metropolitan Opera have reached a tentative agreement, subject to ratification by the bargaining units, Local 802 Executive Board and AGMA Board of Governors, on a three-year contract.... Read More -->

AGMA Is Committed to Stamping out Sexual Harassment in Opera, Dance and Choral Concert Fields

Published July 23, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is committed to preventing sexual harassment of Artists working in opera, dance and choral concert fields.  Indeed, prior to the #MeToo movement, in May 2015, AGMA established policies to prevent harassment and set up a confidential reporting system (see our previous post for details).  Since that time, AGMA has assisted its members in multiple claims of harassment.  Although we are constrained in providing details due to confidentiality, AGMA staff has assisted individual members and its working groups in multiple harassment investigations/incidents at companies throughout the country. Over the past few months, we have assisted individuals in numerous claims and have actively represented our members in several major investigatio... Read More -->

Independence Day

Published July 3, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Independence Day, AGMA offices will close at 4:00pm on Tuesday, July 3rd and reopen on Thursday, July 5th. Enjoy the holiday and be safe!... Read More -->

Janus v. AFSCME

Published June 28, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

A statement from AGMA President James Odom on the Supreme Court Ruling: The recent decision from the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME delivers a crippling blow to members of public-sector unions. It allows workers to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining, contract enforcement, and union representation without taking responsibility for the funding of those activities. The flawed reasoning of forced participation in political activities, with which individual workers might disagree, is not compelling when the CWA v. Beck decision clearly exempts workers from paying any portion of dues levied by the union that are not directly related to core representational activities, such as contract negotiation and enforcement. Without t... Read More -->

Barbara Hillman

Published June 8, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of former Chicago/Midwest Counsel Barbara Hillman on the evening of June 5.  Barbara represented AGMA Artists not just in the Midwest, but across the country for more than twenty years. In addition to significantly increasing AGMA’s strength at the bargaining table and negotiating contracts that increased the workplace protections afforded AGMA members, she also mentored many in AGMA’s elected leadership as they worked on union reform during the 1990s.  Her involvement with and concern for AGMA members in the Chicago area continued after her retirement and to the end of her life. Barbara came from a union family.  Her great-uncle, Sidney Hillman, was a founder of the Congress of... Read More -->

AGMA and Ailey Reach Agreement

Published June 5, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

Minutes before expiration of their contract at midnight last Thursday, the Artists of Ailey reached a new four-year (plus one month) tentative agreement with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  The 34 Artists (dancers and stage managers) are represented by AGMA. The new agreement provides for substantial increases in wages, benefits and other terms.  The tentative deal is subject to ratification by AGMA’s Board of Governors. During the negotiations, the Artists of Ailey sought parity with other similarly-budgeted dance companies and industry standards.  The tentative agreement substantially increases pay scales for a majority of dancers in the first year along with other improvements in various areas of the contract. “This... Read More -->

Artists of Ailey Rally for a Fair Contract

Published May 25, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

The Artists of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held a lively rally yesterday on steps of the famed dance studios to demand a fair contract including industry standard wages and benefits. [caption id="attachment_4783" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Dancers and stage managers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rallied yesterday in their fight for a fair contract[/caption] Bursting from the studios during their lunch hour, the Artists chanted that they were “reaching for the standard” (meaning prevailing wages paid by comparable dance companies).  The Artists were joined by supporting AGMA members, affiliated unions, and Ailey supporters. Special guest speakers included NYS Senator Brad Hoylman and NYS Assemblywoman Li... Read More -->

Come out and support the Artists of Ailey!

Published May 23, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

Please come out tomorrow and support the dancers and stage managers of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their fight for a fair contract! What: AGMA Union Rally When: Thursday, May 24th, from 3-4pm Where: 405 W. 55th St. (55th St. / 9th Ave.) Why: The AGMA represented dancers and stage managers of Alvin Ailey deserve a fair contract, with pay and benefits that meet industry standards! Joining us will be representatives from the NYC Central Labor Council, IATSE, the New York Professional Nurses Union, and others. We hope to see you tomorrow afternoon as we demonstrate union solidarity and stand behind our fellow members at Alvin Ailey in their struggle! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please show your support for the A... Read More -->

AGMA and Metropolitan Opera Begin Negotiations

Published April 23, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Metropolitan Opera have begun negotiations for a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement; The current agreement expires on July 31, 2018. AGMA is coordinating bargaining with Local 802, American Federations of Musicians. AGMA represents Soloists, Choristers, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Stage Directors, Assistant Stage Directors, Dancers, Choreographers, and Staff Performers. Local 802 represents the Orchestra, Associate Musicians and the Music Staff at the Metropolitan Opera.... Read More -->