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White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

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 […]

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Protecting the Right to Organize Act

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, known as the PRO Act, would amend some of the country’s decades-old labor laws to empower workers in their efforts to promote democracy and justice in their workplaces, add penalties for companies that retaliate against workers who organize, and grant hundreds of thousands of workers collective-bargaining rights currently […]

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AFM-EPF Announces Benefit Reductions Will Not Be Implemented

On Wednesday, March 17th, AFM-EPF Trustees agreed to withdraw the pending Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) application. With the passage of the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the need for proposed AFM-EPF benefit reductions in the forthcoming years has been eliminated. The American Rescue Plan […]

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We Did It! Butch Lewis EPPRA Has Passed!

Good News: The American Rescue Plan, including the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, was enacted by the U.S. House of Representatives today and will be signed into law this week — a victory that will protect the pensions of thousands of AFM members. For more than five years, the AFM Legislative […]

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Let’s get the American Rescue Plan Act Passed!

Congratulations! The American Rescue Plan, including the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, has been passed by the Senate. Because of the efforts of AFM members like you, this bill includes a provision that will protect hundreds of thousands of working Americans and retirees from losing pension benefits. While the pension language has […]

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Act Now! Make the Call Today

The House passed the American Rescue Plan with the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021. Now, we need to make sure the Senate finishes the job. Call your Senators and demand that they vote to secure our pensions and pass critical relief for all working people. You will either reach a staff […]

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Pension Relief Is Moving Forward! Act Now to Finish the Job!

Huge news: Over the past few days, our campaign for pension relief has made massive gains and now we are only 1 step away! Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed the COVID relief package including the Butch-Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act. On Monday, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that funding to shore up union […]

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We need your help to turn up the volume on the Senate!

Across the country, AFM members have been emailing Senators calling for the Emergency Pension Relief Act to be included in the upcoming Budget Reconciliation Package. We need your help in protecting our retirement and the retirement of tens of thousands of our fellow musicians! Can you sign up to call AFM members in targeted states […]

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One Last Hurdle for Pension Relief

Last month, we recognized that we now have the best opportunity in years to win much needed relief for our AFM pension plan by passing the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021. This bill outlines solutions to solve overriding shortcomings in our nation’s multiemployer pension crisis and put our AFM-EPF pension plan back on […]

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