Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Honestly I still don’t know whether Bill De Blasio is the right candidate for NY’s musicians. (The other candidates aren’t better.) Every time when I listen to his speech he never speaks about musicians’ issues, such as fair pay scale, pension contributions by the club owners, importance of music in everyday life, music education and music entertainment/service. So I still can’t recommend him. If he becomes mayor I try to remind him – of course with the help of my union which endorsed him – of his unspoken promise to improve the lives of musicians in NY….What do we want? Justice For Jazz Artists!
I think whoever wins the election means nothing for us musicians. We still have to continue to fight for our rights with or without our union!
Local 802 members are alerted to the struggle of Cablevision workers to win a fair contract through their union, CWA (Communications Workers of America). James Dolan is the owner of Cablevision and has engaged in a virulent and illegal anti-union activity in an attempt to defeat the workers’ quest for fairness.
Dolan also fronts a band called JD and the Straight Shot. He has been known to hire AFM members, including Local 802 musicians. JD and the Straight Shot is currently touring as the opening act for the Eagles. There may be union activity by CWA at some or all of the places of engagement where JD and the Straight Shot is performing to protest James Dolan’s union busting behavior.
We therefore caution all 802 members who are considering employment with JD and the Straight Shot. For more info on this campaign, please visit www.facebook.com/cablevision99
Reprinted from the February 2013 issue of Allegro, the magazine of the New York City musicians’ union (AFM Local 802). For more information, see www.Local802afm.org. The original article can be seen at this link: http://www.local802afm.org/2013/02/union-effort-continues-to-pay-off/
This January marked the second year of the contract between Local 802 and the NYC Winter Jazzfest. The festival, now in its ninth year, showcases a wide variety of jazz artists over two days in several Greenwich Village venues.
The union agreement was organized in 2011, when a committee of musicians who had played the festival, along with Local 802, brought the festival’s promoters to the table though an online petition drive.
Text by J4JA
I hope this message finds you safe and well. Between last week’s hurricane and yesterday’s election, it has been a very busy and trying couple of weeks here in New York and around the country. Now, after a brief hiatus, the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign is back in action!
Jazz Foundation hurricane relief
Text by Justice for Jazz Artists (Local 802)
Dear J4JA Supporter,
Join us Thursday night, as we are stand up for free speech and send a message to the Blue Note: the club owners need to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign: Pension, Pay scales, and Protections on recordings for all musicians who play the club.
We will take our message to the streets with a live band to spread the word to jazz fans, musicians, and most importantly, the club owners. Continue reading