On June 13th, K.C. Boyle, the political director of Local 802, gave a presentation at a membership meeting outlining a political strategy for our union, focusing heavily on giving donations to local elected officials who have a strong track record of supporting musicians, the arts, and the vibrant cultural life of New York City.
Although our union is not one of the largest in New York City, in anticipation of a busy campaign season next year for mayor, comptroller, public advocate and the entire City Council, we have raised funds to make campaign contributions through our voluntary political action committee, TEMPO.
As you know, TEMPO is not funded by work or membership dues. All donations accepted by our PAC are voluntarily contributed.
We feel that the best use of these funds is to help ensure that the interests of working families and musicians are represented at City Hall.
With the 2013 mayoral election season just beginning, Local 802 officers and staff have been working hard to develop an effective political strategy to benefit the members at Local 802.
Looking forward, Local 802 is optimistic about working with key elected officials to champion non-partisan legislation and public policy that places a premium on the cultural economy of our city and directly addresses the needs and concerns of working musicians.
If you would like more details or to become directly involved in political action, please contact K.C. Boyle at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176 or Kboyle@Local802afm.org.