Hi, Here is my playlist for my initial substitute DJ show on WPRB,I did a special segment on local 1000, talked a little about the local and directed folks to the website.As it stands now, I will be doing about 4-5 shows including the Sunday night Labor Day Show where 90 percent of the artists will be local 1000 members. Solidarity. Andyblue (Questions? [email protected])
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In this issue
Will the 2010 Convention bring neede change? / In Ireland / Member profile: Larry Long / Putting the “fun” in fundraising / Mark your calendar: Highland gathering / Member news
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On behalf of the membership of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000, I want to extend our condolences to the families of the miners lost in the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. The twenty-five miners who lost their lives, the four still missing, their families, and their entire community are in our prayers and in our thoughts.
But condolences are not nearly enough of a response to this preventable tragedy. Men and women working in twenty-first century America should not have to worry that there is no recourse for their concerns about workplace safety. For years the Upper Big Branch Mine and its owner, Massey Energy Company, have been cited for numerous violations, especially for high levels of methane and coal dust, the frequent cause of the kinds of explosions that occurred this Monday at UBB.
Even in news reports today surviving UBB miners asked for anonymity when relating past safety concerns for fear of losing their jobs. Non-union miners have no protection in such matters. And non-union mines have no leverage for pressing for the safety of those who mine our coal. To put this into perspective, the miners who died at the Sago, WV mine in January 2006 were working in a non-union mine on a federal holiday. There wasn’t a union miner in America working that day until they reported for the rescue team at Sago.
Nor are words or outrage a sufficient response to West Virginia’s latest sorrow. We at Local 1000 pledge our membership in support of organizing drives in our nation’s coalfields. We will be there both in spirit and in person to walk the lines, to play at the rallies, and to support our sisters and brothers in their efforts to save their families, save their jobs, and, as has been proven to be literally the case, save their lives.
We call on all our brothers and sisters in the American Federation of Musicians, all union members across this great nation, and all people of good will to pledge the same. We can help prevent future disasters by helping workers organize and win the kind of protection only unions can give working people. It’s been proven that the companies won’t do it. It’s been proven the government can’t do it. And history has proven that we can do it.
President, AFM Local 1000
Local 1000’s Office Computers are old and tired and need to retire and collect their pensions!
We are looking for the donation of 2 desktop computers that can efficiently access the internet and do book-keeping and word-processing functions. Check around your office and see if you have just what we need!
Contact Amanda in the office at (212)-843-8726.
The Local 1000 Executive Board passed the first balanced budget in recent history at its February meeting in Memphis!
In other actions, the board received a membership report (450 members), thanked retiring board member Dave Hawkins for his service, affirmed the website transition and updates, received the Member calling report, set forth on plans for an event in May 2011 at the Highlander Center in Tennessee, and affirmed plans for fun-and-fund-raising events this spring to support the Local 1000 Emergency Relief Fund and our work on behalf of musicians.
The Board noted the value of the regular Skype meetings over the past year to keep in contact and on top of our jobs and responsibilities.
The board is also preparing a resolution to take to the AFM Triennial Convention this June in Las Vegas (President John McCutcheon, Secretary John O’Connor and elected representative, Tret Fure will attended to represent the local.)
The date for the Fall Board Retreat was set for Nov 11th, 2010 in the New York City area.
Amanda Gookin, is serving as the Interim Office Manager during Amy Fix’s maternity leave through March 15, 2010.
Amanda, a life-long cellist, is a member of Local 802.