As reported in April’s Allegro, Local 802 has become the newest member of the New York Working Families Party (WFP). A minor party with a major impact, the WFP forcefully injects the issues of working-class, middle-class and poor people into the public debate and holds politicians accountable on those issues. As the only entertainment industry union in the WFP, we have an excellent opportunity to hold elected officials accountable on issues impacting the arts and entertainment community.
A dozen members of Local 802 recently met with WFP staff and volunteer leaders for a luncheon to discuss how our union can become involved with the party. Leaders spoke of the history of the WFP, its legislative agenda and accomplishments, and how 802 members can get active within the party. One of the main ways Local 802 can be influential is by the creation of a West Side chapter or club of the WFP, where there is currently a void.
There are WFP chapters across New York City and musicians are encouraged to become involved. These chapters regularly hold forums about important issues and interview and recommend local candidates for public office.
For more information, or to get involved, please contact 802’s Public Relations Director Heather Beaudoin at (212) 245-4802 extension 176.