July 20, 2013 at 8:07 PMFor the past ten years, I have served as an International Delegate to the International Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada on behalf of the Central Florida Musicians’ Association. As we approach the upcoming convention, my mind has been tasked with understanding the significance and purpose of my responsibilities as a member and a delegate. This has led to my questioning the need for unions in today’s America.
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Workers in the developed world are told they have to be competitive with sweatshop labor in the third world. Multinational corporations have no loyalty to the country and are actively working to undermine the power of the nationstate and destroy democracy. As musicians, our challenge is to hold onto the gains that were made in the past as other workers around us are stripped of pay and pensions. The corporate controlled media encourages workers to stay divided and fight each other, instead of joining together to fight the system. We've seen that in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states as public workers are demonized. These workers often accepted smaller salaries in exchange for pensions which now are being taken from them. It's divide and conquer. Instead, we must join in solidarity with these other workers to fight for a more just world.
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