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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 November 2018 Newsletter

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is our regular monthly email newsletter. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.

News from the Executive Board

 

Call for Nominations!

Nominations are open for the following Local 1000 Executive Board positions: Vice President from the US, Eastern Representative, and Western Representative (1 year term).

Nominations are also open for up to three delegates to the AFM convention taking place in Las Vegas in June 2019.

The nominating committee is charged to ensure that there is at least one nominee for each open position. Nominations are open until the end of call for nominations at the Fall 2018 Local 1000 Membership Meeting. (Membership meeting details are below.)

If you are interested in running or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact our Nominations Committee Chair, Charlie King at vaguelyrem@aol.com

 

Fall Membership Meeting at NERFA

Our final Membership Meeting for the year will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018, 10am EST at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in Stamford, CT.

You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the Local 1000 membership meeting.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Location:

Twain Room
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2701 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905

Click here for a map

If you cannot attend in person, you can still participate online:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/680779326

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656, 680779326#  or +16699006833, 680779326#

Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 680 779 326
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acNuDxheTj

There is a $15 discount available for Local 1000 members registering for NERFA. Please contact together@local1000.org for the discount code.

We will also once again be hosting our popular Showcase Free Zone sessions in the Twain Room. Please join us!

Showcase Free Zone Schedule and Hosts

  • THU, 11:00 pm – 12:30 am – Scott Berwick
  • FRI, 11:45 pm – 12:45 am – Sally Rogers
  • FRI, 1:00 am – 2:00 am – John O’Connor
  • SAT, 11:45 pm – 12:45 am – Bev Grant
  • SAT, 1:00 am – 2:00 am – Carolann Solebello

While you are at NERFA, come visit us at Exhibit Hall Table 48.

Update to AFM-EPF Rehabilitation Plan – New LS-1 form now available

On June 22nd an important update from the AFM-EPF went out to our members:

https://afm-epf.org/Portals/2/AFMDocuments/RehabUpdate_201806.pdf

Essentially this is an update to the rehabilitation plan originally put in place in 2011 for the Employer Pension Fund.

CBA contracts negotiated after August 1, 2018 will need to include a 10% increase to the employer pension contributions. For example if your contribution was previously $100 monthly, your new pension contribution under this updated rehabilitation plan would be $110 monthly. The Valid Pension Contribution Rates listed on the back of the LS-1 contact will also increase 10%, so if your rate was previously 10.9%, the corresponding rate will become 11.99%.

Regarding LS-1s, although these increases should technically begin on August 1, 2018, the Fund recognizes prices may already have been negotiated for upcoming work, so they have administratively given Single Engagements an extra 3 month phase in period and will be looking for the increase to be paid on work occurring November 1, 2018 and later.

The new LS-1 form can be downloaded here.

Please be sure to read the announcement above from the EPF for the entire update. The office is in touch with the AFM-EPF regarding this issue, so please let us know if you have any questions about this.

Pension Contributions – Reminder to Avoid Late Fees!

Just a reminder: Pension contributions need to be received by Local 1000 no later than 1 month after the engagement. For example: if you do work in February we should receive your contracts and payments for pension contributions no later than the end of March, otherwise you risk being fined by the AFM-EPF $25 per engagement submitted.

 

Dues Increase

At the membership meeting on June 24, members approved a motion to increase annual dues by $5 to US$177 per year, or $46.75 per quarter. This dues increase will take effect as of October 1, 2018 and will be reflected on invoices for the fourth quarter of 2018 and forward. As noted in previous newsletters, the increase will help us cover our basic operating costs.

 

Scales Increase

At the recent membership meeting, members approved a motion to increase Local 1000 wage scales. Information about the proposed increases has been in the last few newsletters, but in the meeting members also voted to increase the scale for K-12 engagements from $200 to $220 to match the AFM’s MPTF scale for those concerts.

In addition, solo concert scale has gone up $20 to $250, solo small concert scale increased from $110 to $120. Ensemble scales for small concerts went from $110 to $120 for the leader, and $50 to $60 for a side person. All other scales remain the same.

The entire revised schedule of scales is available on our website here. Local 1000 scales are the MINIMUM that members must use for contracted engagements, members are always free to negotiate higher fees.

 

Canadian Corner

 

P2 Updates

The CFM is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 60 days before the first engagement.

If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:

English: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits
French: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/permis-de-travail

Please contact Canadian VP Kev Corbett or the CFM for more information.

 

Member News

 

Do you have a new album coming out? Did you recently receive an award?

If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, we want to know. Submit Your News Here!

Local 1000 Membership Update

 

New and Reinstated Members

We are excited to welcome the following new and recently reinstated members to Local 1000!

Jessica Myhre

Christopher Ousley

Braden Phelan

Daniel Rougeau

Thom Tillinghast

John Williams

 

November Birthdays

 

Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in November and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.

11/02  Jay Mankita

11/02  Patricia Wynne

11/03  Judith Kate Friedman

11/04  Alan Munde

11/07  James Watson

11/08  Colin Savoie-Levac

11/08  Stephan “Brook” Schoenfield

11/08  David Whyte

11/10  Hal Brolund

11/10  Dana Robinson

11/11  Chris Smither

11/11  Bruce Barthol

11/11 Annie Sumi

11/12 Laura Bates

11/13  Jonathan Byrd

11/13  Scott Fore

11/13  Steve Sinnicks

11/14  Jay Ungar

11/15 Harold Brandt III

11/16  Aisha Kahlil

11/17  David Amram

11/17  Michael Fitzpatrick

11/17  David Francey

11/17  Charles Mitchell

11/18  Joel Fafard

11/20  Rick Goldin

11/20  Adam McKenty

11/20 Eldan Cohen

11/20  Jordan O’Connor

11/21  Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton

11/21  Larry Long

11/21  Saul Broudy

11/22  Emily Burgess

11/23  Corin Raymond

11/25  Liam Fennecken

11/25  Ross Griffiths

11/26  Natalie Bohrn

11/28 Ken Dunn

11/28  Tom Neilson

11/29  Kate Early

11/29  Andre Roy

11/29  Galen Weston

11/30  Alastair Whitehead

In Solidarity,

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