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Posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Thursday morning. I got the start time wrong, so I missed the first 20 minutes into the middle of AFM General Counsel Jeff Freund’s report. Don’t know what, if anything, happened before that. I assume that the election results were announced, but of course we already knew what they were.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Ray Hair announced during the Thursday morning session that the total raised for Local 30-73 was $70,000. That prompted a few more donations, including the IATSE camera operator who yesterday donated $50 increasing his donation to $250 and the Calgary delegation contributing $500 in gratitude for Ray's and Sam's help... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Mostly as I thought it would go; incumbents all re-elected. John Acosta (Local 47) won AFL-CIO delegate. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
I missed the first few minutes; walked in on Eddie Bayens (Law) presenting Law report on Resolution #26 (national media agreements in Canada), which had been pulled back on Day 1. Report was favorable with additional tweaks; resolution carried on voice vote. Law report on Resolution #21 (allowing Quebec local... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Brad Egan, chair of Finance Committee: talked about committee hearing process. Resolution #2 (life membership; allows breaks in service to accumulate 35 years of membership). Finance report favorable. Resolution carried on voice vote. Finance is recommending amended Resolution #5 (amendment strikes the new language proposed by the Resolution and adds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
I forgot to post yesterday that Ray Hair, Bruce Fife, Sam Folio and Alan Willaert were unopposed (which of course was not known for certain until nominations were closed), and so elected by affirmation. Counting of the ballots for the 5 International Executive Officer positions (at-large IEB) and for delegate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
On Monday, the Midstates Conference (to which my Local belongs, as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul (Local 30-73) donated $500 to Local 30-73 in support of their support for the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the loss of work dues from two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
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Recommendation No. 1, the IEB's financial proposal, with the elimination of the four-year convention cycle and some adjustment in the work dues numbers, passed on a very lop-sided voice vote. Color me surprised; I thought the $10 per cap increase would doom it. What turned the discussion around was an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Ray introduced Bill Moriarity to talk about the AFM-EF Fund. Bill introduced the union trustees of the Fund. He described the Fund as a “mature Fund.” It has about 48,000 participants; around 60% of the AFM’s current membership. It is one of the basic organizing tools we have; it has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Ray called the convention to order a little after 4 PM. He introduced Tom Carpenter, general counsel of Actors Equity. He talked about similarity between actors and musicians. He discussed the recent IATSE dispute with the Kravis Center in Florida and the role the AFM and Actors’ Equity played in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
There's another flash flood warning out; apparently the western US is suffering from "abundant monsoon moisture." Climate change? What climate change? Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
President Ray Hair called the convention to order on time. First item of business was the performance of The Star-Spangled Banner (in Andante 4/4) and O Canada (with some lines in French). Performances were not to my taste, but were done well. During O Canada, one could hear soft singing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
It's about 45 minutes before the 11:00 AM PDT start of the convention. I got in to the Riviera last night about 8 PM, only to discover that the check-in desk was now a bunch of slot machines with a nasty and uninviting industrial decor. It was also roped off;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
Only two days to go before the start of the 2013 AFM Convention. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
The AFM 2010 Convention Diary is hereby calling it a day. I'll post some final reflections on what happened in Vegas on the AFM Observer page in a day or so. Thanks for following along, and thanks to all those who wrote with expressions of support or appreciation. Blogging can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
Dave Angus and I shared a cab to the airport Thursday night. The driver said he suspected we had been in Vegas on business; we said yes and that'd we'd been at a convention. He asked what it was about and we told him that it was a convention of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
(Note: this is out of sequence, but some might find it interesting nonetheless.) Tom re-convened the meeting at 5:01 PM. He asked staff and guests to leave the room. Announcement re JLF meeting tonight. Tom announced we'd start tomorrow at 9:30 AM. Tom recognized John Sprott, chair of Election committee.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
(approx. 11: 45 PM) Tom recognized Lovie Smith-Wright, chair of Diversity Committee. Substitute Recommendation No. 10 (identification of "Diversity Delegate" on ballots of merged locals) Committee report favorable. Otis Ducker spoke on diversity as being more than just about African-Americans. Delegate raised concern about identification of delegate being contrary to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
Tom called the meeting to order at 9:54 AM. He said the Election Committee would report, and then we would move to another substitute for Recommendation No. 1. John O'Connor rose to a point of personal privilege; told a story about his first gig, which was at a papermill union... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
Today might be remembered as the day that the AFM stopped digging a hole for itself. Even before the election it had been a fascinating day. Recommendations 2 and 24 were withdrawn, providing ICSOM in particular with a very visible organizing victory. It's not that ICSOM's opposition was the only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
These appear to be official: President Tom Lee - 324 Ray Hair - 408 x Vice-president Harold Bradley - 249 Bruce Fife - 469 x Joe Boettger - 7 Secretary-Treasure Sam Folio - 418 x Leonard DiCosimo - 302 Quentin Solano - 11 VP Canada Bill Skolnik - 112 Linda... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
Tina Morrison has apparently won the 5th IEB spot. And Skolnik as Can VP easily. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary
These are not official until the Election Committee presents its report in the morning, but they appear to be accurate figures, although obviously not complete. I don't know when IEB or Canadian VP results will be announced, but I'll hang around until they are: President Tom Lee - 324 Ray... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at AFM 2010 Convention Diary