Local 802’s ongoing campaign to ensure that all club date offices meet area standards took another step forward this fall, when Zottola Music agreed to file all of its club date work with the union. After several informal discussions with Local 802, owner Bob Zottola agreed to file all his engagements – including those in Connecticut and New Jersey – as a “member-leader.” This means that whenever musicians take a job with Zottola, all appropriate health and pension benefits will be paid.
The agreement was reached without the need for a campaign by the union. Zottola, who works some 30 jobs per year, had previously filed only jobs in Manhattan, but he decided to begin filing all of his work after just a few conversations with union representatives.
802 has been working to create an even playing field in the club date field by ensuring that all offices meet area standards for the tri-state area. With support from musicians, the local has reached agreement with such employers as Starlight Orchestras, New York City Swing, Manhattan Swing, BaRock Orchestras and Tony Corbiscello in just over a year’s time. If you work for an office that does not pay benefits, please call the New Organizing Department at (212) 245-4802, Ext. 143. All calls will be kept confidential.