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Musicians BROKE, OUT WEST

Canadian Federation of Musicians labour dispute intends to end exploitation at Western Canadian Music Alliance’s BreakOut West Festival

Toronto, Canada – Monday, September 11, 2017 — The labour dispute between the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), the entity which operates the BreakOut West Festival (BOW), has not been resolved. The BOW conference, which begins on September 13th, in Edmonton, Alberta, the vast majority of festival musicians do not receive payment for either their live performances or for the festival recording their shows.

The CFM, a union within the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), views this as a slap in the face for Canadian workers, and are asking the festival to meet the CLC’s national push for $15/hr and Fairness, based on a 4-hour minimum call.

“While certain headline musicians performing concerts at the festival are paid, most receive no fee,” explains Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. “All Canadians deserve to be paid for their work and this must include professional musicians. This is a simple matter of social justice and WCMA’s reluctance to meet this minimum standard is unacceptable”.

“I am grateful for AFM and CFM’s support and fight on behalf of the interest of musicians”, said Claire Ness, an independent artist from the Yukon who is scheduled to perform.

“This event is all about the musicians, yet they are the ones being exploited”, continued Willaert. “The Provincial and Federal Governments should be ashamed that Canadians’ tax dollars (including musicians’ taxes) are being misused to sponsor an event that acts more like a sweatshop than a music festival.”

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 121 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

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P2 Visa Processing Update

Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 75 calendar days prior to first performance. US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Regular Processing

Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to first performance.

NOTE: When you submit a P2 application; you do so at your own risk. AFM does not have control over the decisions U.S. Immigration makes on their processing times. Therefore, USCIS processing times may increase/decrease at any time, without notice. The AFM’s suggested processing timelines are based on an internal weekly, observance of the average turnaround time from submission of application to receipt of approval.

 

 

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

CFM Initiates Action Against Western Canadian Music Alliance

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON May 30, 2017 – Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM, the Canadian National office of the AFM) has entered into a labour dispute with the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), which has offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The WCMA operates the Breakout West Festival, an event which features an industry conference, presentation of the Western Canadian Music Awards and live performances of musicians in various public venues.

The WCMA is refusing to bargain a successor agreement with the CFM, “Without a collective agreement in place, the musicians are not guaranteed reasonable fees. In addition, there would be no pension, and no language to prevent the WCMA or broadcasters from recording and exploiting the performances, anywhere and in perpetuity,” said Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. “Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grants and corporate sponsors, they have stated that musicians should not consider Breakout West a gig; they should consider it a ‘networking opportunity’. Where is all that money going? Musicians have to pay the rent, like everyone else.”

Numerous attempts have been made by the CFM to reach out to the WCMA representatives, who were served with a Notice to Bargain, but, they continue to stonewall. Therefore, as a last resort, the WCMA has been placed on the AFM’s International Unfair List, naming them as an entity that refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for performances in association with this year’s Breakout West Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. This has the effect of prohibiting members from accepting engagements from any organization so designated.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 120 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

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Message from the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

May 23, 2017

Dear Plan Member/Local Officer,

You may have read the recent article by AFM President Ray Hair in the May 2017 International Musician regarding the conditions of the US Pension Fund (AFM-EPF).

Please be advised that this article is not relevant to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada.

The Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada is a completely separate fund from the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund. It is administered by a separate Board of Trustees and governed by Canadian legislation.

If you have any questions about the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada, please visit our web site http://www.mpfcanada.ca/ or contact the Fund office by email at info@mpfcanada.ca.

Sincerely,

Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn

Executive Director

Canadian Federation of Musicians/GoodLife Fitness

Dear Members,

Thanks for your participation and input in the Goodlife Fitness survey!  The results show significant interest levels, so Goodlife approves the program to offer a corporate discount.  This program is eligible only to currently active CFM members, plus their corresponding family/spouses.

The enrolment is available online and requires you to enter your AFM Number for members. The AFM Member Number can be found in your AFM Portal and is a different member number than the one assigned by your Local.  If you do not know your AFM Member Number or need to update your membership to active status, please contact Cathy Lee in Membership Services, Head Office: clee@afm.org; 1-800-463-6333 x.231.

Please read below in the FAQ about the Goodlife Program. For additional questions about it, please contact: corporateprograms@goodlifefitness.com or 1-800-287-4631.

Here’s to your health!

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Has invested in your health & wellness

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!

Register for your GoodLife Fitness Corporate Membership today at:

 https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com

Select Canadian Federation of Musicians in the dropdown menu, then enter your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal or from your Local office).

  • Significant savings off regular GoodLife Fitness membership rates
  • Access to over 250 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada and 30 Energie Cardio Clubs in Quebec
  • Corporate rate extended to 4 additional family members
  • State-of-the-art cardio equipment
  • All free weights and weight machines
  • World-renowned Group Fitness classes
  • Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
  • Towel Service (where available, except Energie Cardio)
  • Child minding (where available at an additional fee)
  • Seeking a health or fitness assessment? Ask the club about a LifeChanger
  • 24 hour locations (select clubs only)
  • Access to the GoodLife Fitness Rewards Program – savings and special offers from over 100 popular brands

Visit us online for a complete list of club locations and amenities.

 http://www.goodlifefitness.com

 https://www.energiecardio.com/en

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I access the online Corporate Membership Program registration tool? Please use the following link for registration https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com/ and select your company from the drop down menu. “Canadian Federation of Musicians”

What is my unique identifier? The unique identifier you need to access the online registration tool is your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal).

What is the Corporate Membership rate? The annual Corporate Membership rate for your company is $449.00 plus applicable taxes, per member, per year; or the bi-weekly payment will be $24.00 plus tax.

How do I register for or renew a Corporate Membership? Visit https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com/ and enter your unique login information. The enrolment process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Have your payment information and your existing GoodLife Membership number or key tag barcode (if applicable) readily available. If you also wish to enroll up to four family members, have their information available before you begin the registration process. GoodLife will send you a copy of your membership agreement electronically after you’ve completed the online registration process.

Are my family Members eligible for this offer? A benefit of the Corporate Membership Program is the ability to add up to four eligible family members to your Corporate Membership. Eligible family members include your spouse, extended family at or over the age of majority, child(ren) or any minor under your guardianship, as long as they are 12 years-of-age or older. You must register yourself into the GoodLife Fitness Corporate Program before you can register your family members. All payments for family member Corporate Memberships – including any added amenities (such as lockers, Hot Yoga, etc.) – will be withdrawn from your bank account.

Are existing GoodLife Fitness non-corporate members eligible for this offer? Yes. If you are transferring into this Corporate Membership Program, GoodLife will waive the $99 membership buyout fee. You will need to register for the new Corporate Membership offer online and complete the appropriate section with your existing membership details (your existing membership number or key tag barcode number so that we can automatically update your membership with your new corporate rate). Within 10 business days, your payment details will be sent to you in separate emails for your membership and any family memberships you register. Please continue to use your existing membership key tags.

Will my current bank payments immediately stop when I enroll for this Corporate Membership Program? No, your payment information will be updated to the new corporate rate automatically and will be withdrawn on your current payment schedule through the bank account information you provided previously. This will take ten business days to process. If you see more than one payment withdrawn at the old (non-Corporate) rate, please contact corporateprograms@goodlifefitness.com or 1-800-287-4631.

If I sign up online today, when will I have access to the Club? I am a brand New GoodLife Member… If you are a new GoodLife Fitness Member, your new membership key tag will be available at any GoodLife Fitness Club two to three business days after registration. Simply visit your Club of choice and mention you are there to pick up your new Key Tag. You will be required to show photo ID when you pick up your key tag. You are welcome to use the Club immediately after your register (before your new key tag is ready). You will be required to sign a guest pass to do so. Please bring a copy of your membership agreement with you, as well as your photo ID.

I am an existing GoodLife Member (club or corporate)… If you are an existing GoodLife Fitness Member and already have a GoodLife key tag, you can continue to use the Club as normal. You can continue to use you current key tag and do not require to sign anything at the front desk.

What are my payment options for this Corporate Membership Program? I am a New GoodLife Member… Payment is through a pre-authorized bi-weekly deduction from your personal bank account, or you may select to pay up-front-in-full by credit card.

I am an existing GoodLife Member… You may continue to pay through a pre-authorized deduction from your personal bank account and we will match your current payment schedule with the updated rate or you may choose to pay in full via credit card.

Is there a minimum age to join GoodLife Fitness? The minimum age to join GoodLife is 12-years-old. We require a parent or legal guardian to sign for anyone under the age of majority in each province. In addition, all members under the age of 18 are required to complete a series of Orientations called a Youth Passport in order to help familiarize themselves and get comfortable in the Club. This is available at no additional cost. To get started with the Youth Passport, please request an appointment at any GoodLife Club.

Can I go to any GoodLife location with my Corporate Membership? Your Corporate Membership gives you access to all 280+ GoodLife Fitness Clubs across the country, including the 50+ Énergie Cardio Clubs in Quebec.

Is Towel Service included in my Corporate Membership? Yes. Towel Service is included in your membership, however not every GoodLife location offers Towel Service. Please ask a friendly Associate at your Club if they offer Towel Service.

Is Squash included? We do have locations that offer Squash. Please visit http://www.goodlifefitness.com/ for more information on these locations.

Is Personal Training available? And is it included with my Corporate Membership? GoodLife Fitness offers Personal Training at an additional cost to your Membership. Please speak with an Associate at the Club(s) for details.

AFM Officers’ Training

In response to Resolution No. 1 from the 2016 AFM Convention, which called for a training and education program to assist Local Officers, the AFM has created a three-part officer education program:

(1) Nuts-and-bolts of operating a Local, which will be presented via several webinars during the year;

(2) leadership training, which will be presented at a central location twice a year; and

(3) skill-building and topic-specific presentations, to be presented in the two days prior to each of the five main regional conferences.

The skill-building and topic-specific sessions prior each conference take advantage of the fact that Local representatives will already be traveling to the conference. The AFM will be presenting the first set of the skill-building and topic-specific sessions just prior to the Canadian Conference at the Conference hotel in Hamilton, Ontario, on August 9 and 10, 2017.

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Unpaid Mechanical and Video Royalties Canadian Class Action Settlement

The claims period for the Group III Items, which are those items released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012 will commence on April 3, 2017.

In order to facilitate the individual class process for class members for the Medium- and High-Value Group III items, CSI will make the Medium- and High-Value Group III information available on a searchable web-based system (the “Claims Website”). The Claims Website can be accessed from CSI’s website at www.cmrrasodrac.ca

Claims for Medium-Value items, which are those items with a value between $1,000 and $2,500, must be filed on or before October 3, 2017 while claims for High-Value Items, which are those items with a value of $2,500 and above, must be filed by April 3, 2018.

 Once an ownership claim has been established and verified, CSI will facilitate payment to the class member. Claims will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner following the conclusion of the claims period.

If you have questions about the claims process, please visit the Claims Website at www.cmrrasodrac.ca, or contact CSI by e-mail at pendingsettlementinquiries@cmrrasodrac.ca. If you would like more information about the case or would like to view a copy of the Court-approved Notice of the Commencement of the Group III Claims Process, please visit www.pendinglistsettlement.com.

PSA on the Actor’s Fund of Canada

The AFC is pleased to announce a Public Service Announcement on The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry – is now airing on CBC TV and CBC.ca. The 60-second spot, which showcases how even the most celebrated performers and technicians can find themselves needing help after an unforeseen event upends their lives, can also be viewed here. The PSA would not have been possible without the amazing generosity of the CBC, who provided the talent and resources to shoot and produce the video, and donated valuable airtime to let Canadians know about the important work The AFC does. The AFC would also like to thank Mirvish Productions, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frantic Films and IATSE for their generous assistance in the production of the PSA, and all the performers and technicians who graciously donated their time and talent. To learn more about the PSA or The AFC, please visit AFChelps.ca.

Message from AFM President – Travel Ban

This week I’m in Washington, DC meeting with lawmakers on a wide range of issues including the impact of the recent executive order on immigration and its impact on musicians.

Widely referred to as the “travel ban,” the order puts “extreme vetting” procedures in place for immigrants traveling to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, indefinitely halts all immigration from Syria and suspends all refugee immigration into the United States for 120 days.

Many AFM members, whether permanent U.S. residents (e.g., green card holders) or our Canadian bothers and sisters, regularly travel in and out of the United States for work. The implementation of the travel ban has caused uncertainty and confusion among AFM members who travel internationally. That’s why we are currently working with Missouri’s Congressional delegation to help ensure the safe return home for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who are scheduled to tour Spain next week.

For decades, AFM has consulted with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on applications by foreign musicians for O and P visas to work in the United States. For AFM’s Canadian members, we have been working diligently with members of Congress to streamline and shorten visa-processing times, but the travel ban could delay our efforts to bring these processing times into focus.

We will continue working hard together with other organizations to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill to protect the interests of all musicians. Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,

Ray Hair

AFM International President

ECMA and CFM announce new collaborative partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 19, 2017- Toronto, Canada

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are happy to announce a new three-year partnership that puts to rest an ongoing dispute brought to light in 2016.

Over two days of negotiations, both sides have agreed to new collaborative terms they are certain are fair and beneficial to their respective memberships.

“This dispute was never about the ECMA not compensating musicians appropriately,” says Andy McLean, Executive Director of the ECMA. “We felt the 20-year-old successor agreement was unfair to the majority of our members, and were happy to work in collaboration with the CFM to update the approach in a way that recognizes the current reality of independent musicians in the region.”

“We are pleased to have penned this three-year deal guaranteeing fees and benefits for musicians, which we see as a positive step for the East Coast music community,” says Alan Willaert, AFM Vice President from Canada.

All existing contracts for ECMAs in 2017 are still being honoured and all performing musicians will see no change to their fees.

As a result of the agreement, Andy McLean, Chair of the Board of Directors, Dean Stairs, and the ECMA as an organization will be removed from the American Federation of Musicians’ (AFM) International Unfair list.

The East Coast Music Awards 2017 Festival & Conference takes place in Saint John, NB from April 26-30, 2017.

CFM Media Contact:

Victoria Lord

VLPR Inc.

416-484-9047 | victoria@vlpr.com

ECMA Media Contact:

Trevor Murphy

Pigeon Row

902-880-2606 | trevor@pigeonrow.com