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December 08, 2008

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"contractors (who function as agents for employers)"

Can someone please explain the above quotation? In all other trades the contractor is the employer. Brick layers work for masonry contractors, not home owners.

"I can attest to the value of contractors' input during caucus. Their knowledge of the management side of various media businesses complimented that of "sidemusicians." "

I am sure management takes advantage of their valuable insights about the union side of various issues as well!

Some contractors demand triple or quadruple scale! As agents of the employer, there is a clear and direct conflict of interest in contractors being members of the AFM. Consulting with them during negotiations is one thing, and that's fine. But having them intimately involved with all union issues... is that really best for all concerned?

As both an RMA rep and national RMA officer with over 15 years attendance at national contract negotiations, I can attest to the value of contractors' input during caucus. Their knowledge of the management side of various media businesses complimented that of "sidemusicians." Since they are paid double the sidemusican rates, their motivation to both protect and advance the contracts is fairly obvious.

Robert, as you so well state, the far bigger problem in the AFM is the conflict of interest generated when local presidents are also bandleader/contractors.

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