The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) wholeheartedly supports and endorses the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment established by President Biden today.
Since the day our country was founded, Unions of American workers have fought and won improvements in wages, working conditions, and health and retirement benefits despite employer union-busting tactics and crippling legislative initiatives that have sought to destroy democracy and diversity in the workplace.
Professional musicians, who bring such joy to the world, are increasingly disadvantaged by globalist media companies who are posting obscene profits through the streaming and digital distribution of content, but refusing to fairly compensate creators. For decades, local, regional and national employers have used loopholes in the National Labor Relations Act to deprive musicians of the right to organize and bargain, and to seek remedy from unfair labor practices committed against them.
AFM applauds President Biden’s formation of the White House Task Force. We hope its work will level the unbalanced playing field in our workplaces and remove the barriers to organizing and bargaining collectively with employers.