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President's Report
I  hope everyone had a relaxing summer. For me, there was lots of union activity on the front burner. Here’s just a sample of what we accomplished in the past few months: The summer started with a low blow when

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The Local 802 Electronic Media Services Department recently won a grievance with NBC for back residual wages owed to musicians who performed on the first-run syndication talk show “Harry,” totaling over $760,000. The grievance, which covered unpaid domestic residuals from

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The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. She had been a member of Local 802 for almost 25 years, in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Franklin was one of the best-selling

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Congratulations to (clockwise, from top-left) Cole Davis, Zaq Davis, Lynnea Harding and Evan Pillow, each of whom won a $1,500 Anne Walker Scholarship award from Local 802 to attend music school. The deadline for next year’s contest is May 1,

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Financial Vice President's Report
Contract negotiations and standing up for the arts are part of a larger struggle for our nation’s soul What do we stand for, as musicians, union members and citizens of the world? That’s the big question I want to tackle,

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Don't forget to vote on September 13th
Visit nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find your polling location and a sample ballot. As many musicians and New Yorkers have seen in recent years, all politics is local and one of the best ways to impact our lives and careers is through

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Laura Penn and Joe Hartnett
As Local 802’s Broadway negotiations approach, here’s how one organization is strengthening the position of Broadway’s unions and guilds The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. During this dark time for

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Two recent cases involve disparities between pay for men and women – even under a union contract Under a union contract, every musician is guaranteed at least minimum scale. However, employers are always free to pay musicians more than scale.

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Women face real discrimination in the music world related to both gender and age. It’s time to change that. But first, we have to admit that the problem exists. In 1930, Harpist Edna Phillips made history when she became the

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The Local 802 softball teams played their hearts out this season. As usual, we competed in the Performing Arts Softball League, a 12-team league composed exclusively of Broadway unions and other entertainment professionals in New York City. To get information

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The new Single Engagement Club Date Agreement has finally arrived. This agreement is utilized for club dates and one-off concerts (non-classical). After more than a year of negotiating for better wages, benefits and working conditions, the agreement went into force

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Communications Subcommittee Notes
Bud Burridge, Sara Cutler, Martha Hyde and Wende Namkung
Welcome to the first in a series of articles from the Communications Subcommittee of the Local 802 Executive Board. Our mission is to expand direct communication between musicians and their representatives at Local 802. To this end, we are currently

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Union Update
Marvin Moschel
By now, we’ve all had time to absorb the horrible implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus vs. AFSCME, which was decided over the summer. In a nutshell, the decision means that public employees who choose not to join

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Listening to Joanne Brackeen
Joanne Brackeen as told to Bob Pawlo and Maria DiPasquale
Pianist Joanne Brackeen, a member of Local 802 since 1966, was one of this year’s winners of the prestigious NEA Jazz Master designation. Whatever the musical setting – whether solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet – Brackeen’s unique style of

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Think tours are hard these days? Here's what is was like to go on the road in 1879
Styra Avins
Johannes Brahms on tour at age 46 as a piano virtuoso? Accompanying his violinist friend on the piano in his own violin concerto? Brahms, who steadfastly disliked giving concerts and had only done so either to pay the rent or

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Local 802 member tries his hand at inventing
Larry Spivack
Since I joined Local 802 in 1971, I have worn many hats: percussionist, drummer, keyboardist, conductor, copyist, orchestrator and educator. But 10 years ago an unexpected one came up: inventor. Well, co-inventor actually. In 2008, my two partners and I

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Mike McGrath
I joined Local 802 to meet new people, find new opportunities and grow my network. I play piano/keyboard, and I’m also a musical director, composer and educator. I perform solo as well as with jazz ensembles and pit orchestras. My

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Lena Gabrielle
I joined Local 802 so I could be prepared to accept whatever work opportunities come my way. I am a music director, orchestrator, arranger, composer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for developing new shows, especially family theatre. My goal

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Robbi Hall Kumalo
I re-joined Local 802 to be part of the conversation that helps us creative artists move forward. I’m a jazz singer and songwriter who also plays piano, percussion and guitar. In addition to teaching, touring and recording, I also produce

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John DeLaire
I used to be a member of Local 802 and recently re-joined the union after taking a break. I’ve been a member of AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles) and also Local 30-73 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and it’s just nice to come

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Aaron Butler
I re-joined Local 802 because I believe in solidarity and the worker protection that unions effect. A performer with Sound Narcissist, BRBRCK, and Mind the Art, I am a pianist with a patchwork quilt of collaborations from opera to hip

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Saying goodbye to the world's oldest active conductor and a member of Local 802 for 71 years
Jo Simons
My father, Edward Simons, a member of Local 802 for 71 years, died on June 26 at the age of 101. He was the oldest orchestra conductor in the world. Besides being a conductor, my father was a violinist and

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Marvin Roth, 97, a longtime Broadway wind player and a member of Local 802 since 1946, died on July 9. Over 42 years, he played in 24 shows, including “Guys & Dolls,” “Carnival,” “Mame,” “Gypsy” and the entire run of

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The Musicians' Voice
I remember my close friend, the trombonist and bandleader Bill Watrous, who died on July 2 and had first joined Local 802 in 1962. We met on a Kai Winding gig, four days in Virginia Beach, Labor Day 1962. One

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March 13, 2018
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Cutler, Dougherty, Garnett, Hyde, Namkung, Sharman, Suttmann. Minutes from March 6, 2018 reviewed. It was moved and seconded

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Case # 943: Bryla-Weiss vs. Chung (C-07963), filed Feb. 2, 2018. Trial Board convened four times for this case, as follows: Wednesday, April 11, 2018: Meeting called to order at 1:15 p.m. by Chairperson Blanc. Present: Blanc, Eidem, Gorruso, Lorentsen,

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When I was in high school, I found an after-school job in the print shop of my home town’s weekly newspaper. It was there that I learned the printing trade, which included melting type metal and casting slugs for the

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