In Brief

Volume CVIII, No. 6June, 2008


Julius Margolin, 91, is a living legend in the New York City labor movement and a regular at Local 802 and other union demonstrations. “A Union Man” is the story of his life through his eyes as well as those he’s met along the way. Featuring guest appearances by Utah Phillips, Faith Petric and former NMU Vice President Joe Stack, as well as concert performances, it’s an affectionate portrait of a rank-and-file activist still fighting for justice in his 90’s. Catch the film on June 20 at 8 p.m. in Local 802’s Club Room. For more information see


Earlier this year Local 802’s Executive Board met with two insurance representatives who offer long-term care insurance products. These insurers have agreed on a discount rate for Local 802 members and relatives. In June, you will receive a mailing with information about this offer. 


Currently, members who are on the union’s Health Plan A must pay a quarterly fee. Checks are due Jan. 1, April 1, July 1, and Oct. 1. If you forget to mail in your check, you may lose your health coverage. For more information, call the Health Department at (212) 245-4802.


Goodbye, Al! On May 6, Al Hunt resigned as member of the Local 802 Executive Board. Hunt recently retired from his orchestra chair at the Broadway production of “Curtains” and he and his wife are moving to North Carolina.

“We wish Al all the best in his retirement and we thank him for his important contribution to Local 802 over many years,” 802 President Mary Landolfi told Allegro.

As a veteran Broadway musician, Hunt participated in the Theatre Committee since the early 1980’s, serving on the negotiating committee in 1993 and 1997. He was elected to the Executive Board in 2006.

Bass trombonist Steve Norrell, who was elected to the Trial Board in 2006, was named Hunt’s replacement to the Executive Board. Norrell’s musical resume includes serving as a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and holding a chair in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1981. In 2006, Norrell told Allegro, “Our orchestra has an excellent contract, but I am aware that there are many other areas of our local which have suffered. Our union needs strong leadership in order to achieve success in every field.”

To complete this transition, Local 802 member Dave Schneck was appointed to take over Norrell’s spot on the Trial Board. Schneck is a freelance trumpet player and has been a member of Local 802 for 38 years.