Email to Membership: Monday, March 9, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are posting every all-member email regarding the crisis to the site to ensure all 802 members see these communications. Please note, to avoid redundancy, we stripped the parts of these emails that remind members to check this very page for updates.

Email sent Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:19 PM

Subject Line- COVID-19 Update


We’re reaching out to ensure our community of Local 802 musicians has all the resources and information needed during the developing U.S. coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As your union, Local 802 AFM is here to ensure our employers are taking all the necessary precautions to protect musicians and prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have any concerns about the way your employer is responding to the developing COVID-19 outbreak, your first line of defense is always your 802 business representative. In the event that any scheduled work is cancelled, your 802 business rep is available to ensure the employer is following the appropriate language in the contract. Find the 802 staff directory here.

In addition to closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation, leadership is working closely with staff to prepare for any scenarios in which this outbreak could disrupt member services. Local 802 AFM will immediately be in touch should the developing coronavirus situation disrupt any union events, meetings, or general operations in the building.

As a safety precaution, we strongly urge all members and staff to stay home from work and avoid coming into the Local 802 office if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms – or if a member of your household is unwell. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website includes updates on this developing situation, as well as helpful resources on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and treatment, and what to do if you’re sick.

In solidarity,

The Local 802 Executive Board