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Well, Well, Well. I see it didn't take long for the prevaricators to speak up and defend their totally disingenuous behavior. I entreat you to press on gentle reader, as Midtown dispatches their misleading arguments with aplomb. First up would have to be Bruce from Nashville. To whom I would have to ask why? Why Bruce are you putting in your two cents concerning the affairs of another local. This makes about as much sense as me weighing in on the affairs of the Nashville local. Your arguments citing Harold and Billy and the federation, and contractors and composers, and LA recording musicians and CBA's, and pension multiples and conventions have absolutely nothing to do with what's happening here at 802. What's happening here at 802 is about one thing; control of this local. You know if you're looking for something to do in your spare time, why don't you forget about New York, a city with a relatively high level of unionized musicians, and turn your attention to Branson. A city within the jurisdiction of the Nashville local operating almost totally non-union. Please, there is nothing for you to accomplish here. Try to spend your time more constructively if you really want to do something that benefits working musicians. Hello there David Finck. This is Midtown here, Midtown Madness. I am the 802 member who can't believe that you're making so much out of nothing. I guess you didn't get the answers you were looking for in your meetings with the various officers of this union concerning the survey handed out at the Legacy meeting last July. I for one would like to apologize to you for not getting those answers, even though I had nothing to do with it. But to bring up people on charges of " unfair dealings which had for their purpose the injuring of the locals and it's members" is totally beyond the pale. Local 802 couldn't change these national agreements if they wanted to. The charges are completely without merit, and in the end, I don't think your going to get your retribution. What can one do with a survey when one observes individuals filling out more than one?As far as my anonymity goes, I do it out of concern for my fellow musician. It goes something like this. Tino finds out who I am, He confronts me face to face, and Tino gets his ass kicked. Tino goes to the hospital, and I go to jail. I don't want to go to jail, so I preserve my anonymity out of concern for my fellow musician. Yeah that's it, concern for my fellow musician...
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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" Indeed it does mean something" Yes, I agree, it does mean something. Unfortunately for local 802, it means the same sore losers from the last election will stop at nothing in their efforts to derail the current administration. Come fall, I can see the screaming headlines already. Describing the current administration as "plagued by scandal", or denounced as " guilty of malfeasance", when in fact the only thing they're guilty of is following the letter of the bylaws to a "T". The thing that was most striking about the meeting was the incredibly ugly tone set by the supporters of these measures. Disrespectful hardly begins to describe them as they spoke out of turn, interrupted speakers who had the floor, and generally gave the impression of a blood thirsty lynch mob all night long. Throw in some oil burning torches and a couple of pitchforks, and you could have filmed a Frankenstein Movie. However, what they accomplished was no laughing matter. Resolution # 1, brought by a member who previously attempted to bring up the union personnel affected by this resolution on trumped up charges, only to fail, is nothing but a culmination of his personal vendetta against the current administration. The fact that he finally succeeded is merely proof that supporters have managed to tap into the fear and uncertainty all American workers are experiencing, and turn it against the Landolfi Administration. As one speaker implied, the affected union employee will simply put his belongings in a box and take a cab to his new office at 1501 Broadway. 802's loss will be the Internationals gain
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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The second resolution was to lower the quorum to 95. Don't be at all surprised if the very same people who supported this resolution are back in a year to raise it back up to 150. And finally the charges. This has got to be finest example of making a mountain out of a molehill in the history of western civilization. No matter what happens within the union, they will ultimately be dismissed in a court of law, if it goes that fall. I have to tell you what was really accomplished at this meeting..... nothing. Nobody will get a gig, nobody will see an increase in pension, or a betterment in working conditions. Nobody will get, dare I say it, an improvement in their health coverage. To hear middle aged divorcees with children get up and lambaste the current administration, knowing they are benefiting from better health coverage negotiated by that administration is mind boggling. Welcome to 802.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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Nothing was accomplished that night...
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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