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September 06, 2009

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Hi Michael -

A colleague alerted me to your mention of our magazine Film Music Magazine here. Just to clarify, Film Music Magazine is interested in all perspectives about the industry issues we cover, including AFM issues. We welcome any comments or contributions.

Best,

Mark Northam
Publisher
Film Music Magazine

Lest we forget, Michael Comins engaged in vulgarity, libel and lying -- when he thought he was anonymous and could do so with impunity. But his identity was discovered. Now, rather than contrition what we get from Michael Comins is defiance and justification of his moral turpitude consisting of further attacks on me. This indicates an unprincipled person of low moral character.

It might be irrelevant except Michael Comins is an activist within 802 politics, being an editorial writer for the "Members Party" and aspiring to the 802 Executive Board. Is this the kind of unprincipled behavior the rank-and-file wants on the EB at 802? He is also an RMA partisan who routinely demonstrates contempt for part-time or "hobbyist" musicians. Would his lack of integrity and dishonesty represent and serve well the 802 rank-and-file?

BTW, ICSOM was used as a model when we began the International RMA. Discussions were held with ICSOM board members re the path to conference status and other issues.

Michael,

The parallels with the RMA dispute now and the early days of ICSOM are also interesting. The musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra sued Local 4 for the right to ratify their contract and lost in state, federal and appellate courts. Nevertheless, they eventually prevailed, as did the other big orchestras, and the results of being empowered to speak for themselves have been tremendous by any standard, but especially in contrast to the AFM as a whole.

You can read about it in the early issues of Senza Sordino at www.icsom.org, especially the May 1963 issue.

I'll just remind readers of his lack of integrity from time to time, primarily to diminish his voice in NY and 802 affairs.

Aha - an admission! Since Mr. Blanc neither belongs to 802 nor lives in NY, and since he has also spent time in Nashville and LA interfering in local union politics while not currently belonging to the AFM, his postings on the Observer, on the COMMITTEE's website and in the Film Music Mag rag are either those of a demented person (always a possibility), or more likely those having a political agenda in concert with others.

Further, his hollow claims to having done a "LOT'' of recording and being "VESTED and INVESTED" in the AFM belie his use of such terms as "lack of integrity," and "liar" to describe others.

Michael

P.S. My apologies to ICSOM posters for this thread's taking off on the usual tangent. BTW, ICSOM was used as a model when we began the International RMA. Discussions were held with ICSOM board members re the path to conference status and other issues.

Can't Rick Blanc just STFU?

The liar Michael Comins persists in his dishonorable conduct, so I'll just remind readers of his lack of integrity from time to time, primarily to diminish his voice in NY and 802 affairs. It's only fair that people know the character of this destructive, dishonest individual.

You must have a case; you've got the vulgar, libelous liar Michael Comins on your side.

Speaking of lies - the BIG LIE on a blog about the AFM and its musician/members is the presence of this non-member gadfly. Further, his statement about being "VESTED and INVESTED" in the AFM rings hollow since he would continue to receive his alleged pension no matter what happens to the AFM.

His claim to having done a "LOT" of recording is also suspect since he did little, if any, in LA and Nashville. Moreover, in my 40 years of playing in the the NY studios and live shows, I worked with over 30 trombonists and bass trombonists, some quite famous (list on request). That said, the first I ever heard of Mr. Blanc was on this blog.

At least we know who you are now.

Is that the royal we or the editorial we?

He owes me an apology. He should take responsibility for his words.

The only apology owed is from Mr. Blanc to the rest of the bloggers here (excluding his phantom colleagues keys88, downbeat, midtown manhattan, etc.) for mucking up a continuing dialog among posters who have a REAL stake in the politics and survival of the AFM. I take full responsibility for the foregoing.

Michael

Good points Henry. To bad the recording musicians don't get the same level of control of their business as ICSOM. We have the Federation making our deals.

It may be ad hominem but it is deserved. His voice, his character. He owes me an apology. He should take responsibility for his words.

You must have a case; you've got the vulgar, libelous liar Michael Comins on your side.

What was that again about being opposed to ad hominem arguments?

The reason to listen to ICSOM is not just that Bruce Ridge and Brian Rood are sober thoughtful men who choose their words and their battles carefully, and not just that their dissatisfaction has the unanimous support of the ICSOM delegates, and not just because symphonic musicians pay 55% of AFM work dues -

No, the reason to listen to ICSOM is that it has done more over the past 50 years to increase the standard of living of symphony musicians and to expand the number of musicians who share in those benefits than any other part of the AFM. It is a huge success, while the AFM as a whole has shrunk by 2/3 to its 1928 membership levels, union work evaporates and locals wither.

How have symphonic musicians succeeded against the long-term trends for unions and the AFM? By giving the musicians in each orchestra control over the negotiation and ratification of their contract. ICSOM was formed to support those rights and won them despite failed lawsuits and accusations of disloyalty and dual unionism.

As the AFM wonders how to rejuvenate its membership and its mission, it might look to ICSOM, ROPA and OCSM's success for a model.

You must have a case; you've got the vulgar, libelous liar Michael Comins on your side.

Finally! - ICSOM has come around to realizing the AFM's destructive duplicity.
Michael Comins

Robert ! I take issue with your presentation of what was said at the ICSOM conference. You must be mixed up. To read Bruce Ridge's speech one would think it was written by Phil Ayling. Hasn't the RMA been complaining about, exclusion and general lack of process for the better part of six years. Now you expect us to believe that ICSOM has partaken in the RMA Koolaid acid test. Shame on you Robert. Don't you realize that the IEB knows what is best for professional musicians . This sounds very much like RMA mind control at work. Perhaps we should wait and see what the IM's version of the truth is.

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