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New International Executive Board Takes Office

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

August 1, 2010 marks the first official day in office for the AFM International Executive Board elected at the 98th Convention. The Federation’s leadership has some fresh faces among its executive officers, with the election of AFM International President Ray Hair and International Vice President Bruce Fife. International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio and Vice President from Canada Bill Skolnik were re-elected.

Executive Officers

International President
Ray Hair

Mr. Hair has been a professional musician since 1964, performing as a freelance, club-date, recording, and traveling musician. He has been president of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX) for more than 27 years and was first elected to the AFM International Executive Board in 1989. Hair holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in music from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he taught drum set from 1975 to 1983.

International Vice-President
Bruce Fife

Mr. Fife became a professional musician in his early 20s and spent the next 25 years on the road, as a working-class musician on guitar, keys, harmonica, and vocals. In 1999, he was first elected to the Executive Board of Local 99 (Portland, OR) and became president in 2001. Fife is a founding member of the Oregon Alliance to Reform Media and serves on the boards of MetroEast Community Media (KZME Radio), MusicFestNW, and the Music Education Assistance Project. He is active with many labor and justice organizations, including the AFL-CIO and Jobs with Justice.

Vice-President from Canada
Bill Skolnik

Mr. Skolnik, who easily won re-election, has had a diverse career in the entertainment industry, having worked as a musician, music director, composer, arranger, lyricist, and producer. He has lived in various parts of Canada and has been an active member of Locals 149 (Toronto, ON), 145 (Vancouver, BC) and 547 (Calgary, AB), during his 35-plus years of AFM membership. Since 1998, Skolnik has served as the Executive Director of Local 149, which he helped to recover from the brink of insolvency. He is a founding member of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers and a founding trustee of the Radio Producers’ Educational Trust Fund.

International Secretary-Treasurer
Sam Folio

Mr. Folio, who has served five years as secretary-treasurer, counts among his accomplishments: bringing the IM on par with other music industry magazines, improvements in the AFM’s web presence, and modernization of the AFM’s accounting program. Folio is a percussionist and vocalist whose career has included time spent as a faculty member at West Virginia University, political positions for two governors, and work as an administrator for a 500-bed public psychiatric hospital. He is the former president of Local 580 (Clarksburg, WV).

IEB members

Joe Parente
Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA)

Mr. Parente has been an active AFM member for 35 years, working as a studio musician, arranger/orchestrator, and pianist. He has been an officer of Local 77 for 25 years and the local’s president since 1996. He has been on the AFM International Executive Board for five years.

Vince Trombetta
Local 47 (Los Angeles)

Mr. Trombetta is an established musician who has worked under and negotiated nearly every type of agreement. He is president of Local 47 and has been a trustee on the local’s executive board for 15 years and a trustee for the H&W Fund for 11 years. He is also chair of the local’s Wage Scale and Legislative committees.

Tino Gagliardi
Local 802 (New York City)

A New York trumpet player, Mr. Gagliardi was elected to the Theatre Committee negotiating team and Local 802 Executive Board in 2003. He became Theatre Committee co-chair in 2005 and chair in 2007. He was RMA-NY secretary from 2007 to 2010, when he became president of Local 802.

Dave Pomeroy
Local 257 (Nashville, TN)

Mr. Pomeroy has played bass on hundreds of albums, six Grammy-winning recordings, and performed with many top artists. He has released numerous solo and band projects on Earwave Records. He was RMA Nashville president from 2005-2008, when he was elected President of Local 257.

Tina Morrison
Local 105 (Spokane, WA)

Ms. Morrison has been an officer with Local 105 (Spokane, WA) for 12 years, serving as secretary-treasurer for seven years before becoming local president. The bassoonist has been on the Diversity Committee since 2003 and an AFM member for a total of 20 years.

For the most current contact information, please visit the official IEB homepage.

Notice to All AFM Convention Delegates

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Ninety-Eighth Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada will convene in the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:00 A.M.

The official headquarters will be the Riviera Hotel. Registration of Delegates will take place in the Convention Hall lobby on Sunday, June 20th, from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and on Monday, June 21st from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

For your convenience, you may now book your hotel reservation on line. Please visit the AFM website which will have information to connect you to the Riviera Hotel reservation page or you may visit and follow the link which will directly connect you to the Riviera Hotel reservation page. You may also reserve your room by phoning the Riviera Hotel using their toll free number 1-800-634-6753. If reserving by telephone, please provide the Riviera representative with our convention code, MUSIC 10.

Please be reminded, Delegates shall be responsible for:

  1. providing necessary credit card information to the Riviera Hotel at the time of their reservation.
  2. payment of their hotel bill at the conclusion of their stay.

Following the Convention, delegates whose accommodations are to be paid by the AFM will be required to submit a copy of their hotel bill to the AFM for appropriate reimbursement. The Riviera Hotel rate for 2010 is $88.48 per night ($79.00 room rate + 12% Clark County Tax). The AFM will reimburse those eligible delegates up to and including such room rate (incidental items excluded).

Campaign Conduct for Local, International Office

Monday, March 15th, 2010

In conjunction with the 98th Convention of the American Federation of Musicians, Local officers and convention delegates will be involved in the political process as it affects the highest level of union administration. Elections of union officers are regulated by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). Violations of the LMRDA can have serious consequences. The Department of Labor (DOL) investigates and will readily require a re-election if it concludes that violations have taken place that may have affected the outcome of the election. In particular, the Act expressly prohibits the use of union funds and facilities in support of any candidate.

To guard against any potential violations of the Act, we present a brief review of the limitations the Act imposes on campaign conduct. The emphasis here will be on guidelines for Local Union activities, although there will be some discussion of conduct by individual candidates for office as well. Potential candidates for International office may receive additional information on the conduct of their activities upon written request to the AFM President’s Office, 1501 Broadway, Suite 600, New York, NY 10036; Fax (212) 764-6134. These guidelines are applicable to any election activities, whether International or Local. (Note: Canadian Locals are not required to observe the mandates of the LMRDA for Local elections; however, they are required to observe these regulations when their activities relate to the election of International officers or convention delegates or alternate delegates, in accordance with Article 5, Section 23-24(b) of the AFM Bylaws.) We also discuss the rules regarding the election of convention delegates.

Campaign Conduct
1) It is illegal for any candidate to send out his or her campaign literature: (a) on Federation or Local stationery; or (b) on stationery that contains the Federation or any Local letterhead or logo; or (c) in any other format that conveys the message that the candidate is being endorsed by the Federation, his or her Local or another Local, or any entity affiliated with the Federation (e.g., RMA, RMAC, ICSOM, ROPA, OCSM, TMA). This conduct is prohibited even if the individual candidate provides reimbursement for the actual costs of the stationery, etc.

2) It is unlawful for a candidate to use the facilities (e.g., telephone, photocopy machines, postage meters, fax machines, computers) of any of the organizations listed above. The prohibition on using Union computers and modems means that candidates and their supporters may not send or forward campaign material via e-mail from a Union computer or a Union e-mail address. This conduct is illegal even if the individual candidate provides reimbursement for the actual costs of the telephones, photocopying, internet service provider, etc.

3) It is unlawful for any official union publication (e.g., the International Musician, any Local newsletter, or players conference newsletter) to include any editorial or article that could reasonably be construed as endorsing a particular candidate or supporting that individual’s candidacy. Of course, news stories or photographs that accurately report any newsworthy event, and in so doing, mention an individual’s accomplishments — such as serving as chief negotiator in successfully concluded collective bargaining negotiations — are not illegal even though they may improve the candidate’s image as a union leader.

It should be noted that the DOL permits union publications to reserve a “battle page” in which all candidates for union office are given equal space to present their statement of reasons why they should be elected. The law does not require a union publication to include a battle page; it is strictly up to each Local or player conference to decide if it wishes to do so.

Locals are cautioned that implementing a battle page for an International election raises myriad logistical concerns not experienced when providing a battle page for Local elections. Locals considering such a page for the upcoming International elections should immediately seek the advice of the AFM’s General Counsel by contacting the AFM President’s Office in writing.

4) It is illegal for a union to compensate or reimburse any candidate for expenses incurred (e.g., transportation or hotel bill) while that individual is engaged in political campaigning. However, it is permissible for a candidate to be reimbursed for expenses incurred in conducting legitimate union activities, even if on that same trip he or she also engages in campaigning where that campaigning is “incidental” to conducting legitimate union business. For example, if a member of the International Executive Board (who is also a candidate for office) is assigned by the AFM President to represent the AFM at a conference, then it is lawful for that individual to engage in informal campaigning after the close of conference business sessions. (The fact that his or her trip is paid for by the AFM is lawful so long as the IEB member is on legitimate union business and confines his campaigning activities to periods of time that are outside the business for which the trip is made.)

No campaigning by any candidate should take place during official conference sessions.

5) It is unlawful for any candidate for union office to accept campaign contributions from any employer (e.g., recording company, motion picture studio or any other entity that falls within the broad definition of an “employer” including employers who are entirely unrelated to the music business). This is an area in which the DOL has taken a very expansive view of its authority to set aside elections.

Electing Delegates
Delegates to the AFM Convention must be elected in conformity with Article 5, Section 23 of the AFM Bylaws. That article provides that “All Local Officers must be nominated and elected in conformity with Local and Federation laws and, except for Canadian Locals, in conformity with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended. All Delegates and alternate Delegates to AFM Conventions must be nominated and elected in conformity with Local and Federation laws and in conformity with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended. In elections of Local Officers, Convention Delegates and alternate Delegates, no vote shall be counted for a person who has not been duly nominated.”

The AFM Bylaws further provide (in Article 17, Section 5) that, “Delegates to the Convention (and alternates for those Delegates who may be unable to attend the sessions) shall be elected by the Locals either an annual, regular or special meetings, or at regular or special elections, but in any event, by secret ballot. At lease 15 days prior to the election of Delegates, notice of the election shall be mailed by the Local to the last known home address of each member in good standing. Elections in violation of this law are null and void.”

All delegates to the Convention must, therefore, be elected by secret ballot. That includes Local Officers who are designated as Convention delegates by virtue of their office by their Local bylaws. In those cases where a Local Officer is appointed to fill a vacancy in an office that includes a designation as a delegate by virtue of office, that Officer must subsequently be elected as a delegate by secret ballot. No delegates who are not elected in this manner will be seated at the Convention.

Finally, as provided by Article 17, Section 7 of the AFM Bylaws, “No member shall be permitted to represent more than one Local, nor shall members be permitted to act as Delegates for a Local unless they are full members in good standing in that Local.”

Convention Mailing Labels

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Candidates for International Office may purchase mailing labels for all delegates to the Convention. The cost for the Convention Delegate labels is $50 per set. All labels will be printed on white Avery 5160 mailing labels. Interested candidates may order mailing labels through the Federation Headquarters, Attn: Convention Labels. Please make checks payable to the American Federation of Musicians (all requests must include payment). If you have any questions, please call (212) 869-1330, x1232.