Announcements

5/28 Special Membership Meeting


Special Membership Meeting

Monday June 3, 2019 at 6pm

Office of Local 77
121 South Broad St. Suite 320
 Philadelphia, PA 19107


Please join us on Monday June 3rd, 2019 at 6pm for a special membership meeting at the office of Local 77. Our current administration sent out a notification of this meeting via mail last week. The purpose of this meeting is for the swearing in of our new Officers and Executive Board members. Your presence for this transition of power is strongly encouraged. Those who are able to, please attend. 

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. Until we are sworn in, you can email us by clicking here

We hope to see you on Monday.

In Solidarity,

US4You77

Ellen Trainer, President-elect
Marjorie Goldberg, Vice President/Alternate AFM Delegate- elect
Jarred Antonacci, Secretary/Treasurer- elect
Robert Suttmann, Executive Board/AFM Delegate-elect
Rebecca Ansel, Executive Board-elect
David Fay, Executive Board-elect

 

 


 

5/18 Local 77 Election Results Are In!


Local 77 Election Results


On Friday, we received the official results of the Local 77 election and I am honored to announce that the membership has elected me to be your next President.  In addition, the entire US4You77 slate has been elected by a decisive margin, which signifies your desire for change.
 
We are grateful for your support and excited to begin working to build a stronger, more vibrant Union.  I want to thank Joe Parente, the Officers and the current Executive Board for their years of service, and we hope to work with them for a smooth transition.   
 
There is much work to be done and many challenges ahead of us.  We know change will not happen overnight, but we are excited to begin working on our agenda to create a union that works for you and helps invigorate and strengthen our community.  Over the last seven weeks, a lot of you have shared your ideas for positive change and we have heard you.  We would like to keep the conversation going and our doors will always be open.  
 
In Solidarity,
 
Ellen Trainer

Local 77 Election Results

 


 

5/15 Final Thought of The Day - Strength In Numbers


Final Thought of The Day

Strength In Numbers


Our Union is only as strong as its membership

The form below is public record excerpted from the OLMS-DOL website. This document lists a variety of general financial information: Assets, Liabilities, Receipts, Disbursements and most importantly the Total Membership. This membership number generally fluctuates throughout the year. This document shows a consistent decline in membership for the last decade.

The last time we had a reported increase in membership at the end of a fiscal year was 2003-2004. We need leadership who are concerned with increasing our membership.

If we only maintain what we have, we will continue to fall behind.
 
 
On May 16th, you have a choice.

Vote US4You77

 


 


 

 

 

5/14 Thursday is Election Day & More Endorsements!


Thursday is Election Day


This Thursday May 16th you have an opportunity to vote for change to Local 77. For those of you who are submitting absentee ballots, please be sure to mail them ASAP. All ballots will be counted on Friday May 17th.

For those of you who will be voting in person, we have included the most pertinent information above. Please keep in mind that it is commencement season, so please allow extra time for traffic and parking.

Please see the latest round of endorsements below. We are looking forward to a successful turnover and positive transition, should the outcome of this election favor US4You77.

We strongly encourage you to vote for a complete slate.
If you have any questions regarding the election, please let us know.

In Unity,

US4You77


CLICK TO ENLARGE SAMPLE BATTOT.

 

 


 




 

 

5/8 Thought of The Day


Thought of The Day

Accountability & Understanding By-Laws



Is this the level of responsiveness you want from your Union leaders?

The annual tax returns below indicate Joe Parente and Maria Marinari have worked an average of 27 hours per week over the last several years. Why does it take our Union leaders over 6 ½ months to respond to this committee chair (see below) about her concerns over numerous contract violations? This is one of many unanswered correspondences.

Many colleagues have shared frustrations about feeling ignored by our Union representatives. One member referred to the Union office as a “black hole” – complaints go in and nothing comes out. This lack of responsiveness is negligent and unacceptable––we pledge to do better.
 
Members of Local 77 have expressed support for having their Union leaders working with them, making our slate readily accessible, connected and in touch with day-to-day concerns. There is nothing in our By-Laws that prohibit Officers from playing if the demands of our job will allow it. This pertinent language from the By-Laws is highlighted below.

Unions across the United States, with very few exceptions, allow their Officers to play alongside the membership they serve. This modern approach recognizes that there is no conflict of interest and there is much to be gained from having Union leaders in the trenches with the membership. The interests of the musicians and Union leaders are more powerfully aligned under this scenario.

On May 16th, you have a choice.

We will be the leadership who will create more working opportunities for musicians and who will be powerful allies for Local 77. Vote US4You77


 


 

 

5/7 Understanding Our Election


Understanding Our Election

• Important Election Information • New Endorsements •




The election for Local 77 is next Thursday May 16th. As we close in on Election Day, there are a few concerns we’ve been hearing regarding the election process. If you are concerned that your absentee ballot request was not received, please click here and let us know. We will immediately look into any inquires. In order to address any questions relating to the election process, we’ve outlined a few pertinent facts that you should be aware of. Do not accept the status quo. There is another choice for Local 77.

General Election Information

  1. All ballots are anonymous.
  2. An election committee has been appointed. There are a total of six tellers and one election chairman. The election chairman/judge is Ron Kerber.
  3. The absentee ballot process involves two envelopes–one larger return envelope and one small ‘secret ballot’ envelope. Every absentee ballot is assigned a number. This number is only printed on the larger return envelope. Your ‘secret ballot’ envelope will be unmarked, and the larger envelope that contains your ballot number will be discarded.
  4. There has been a special P.O. Box set up for absentee ballots. This P.O. Box is only accessible to the Chairman.
  5. All absentee ballots will be counted on Friday May 17th, 2019. At 10am on May 17th the election chairman will be escorted by members of the election committee and designated observers to collect the absentee ballots.
  6. All in-person ballots and absentee ballots will be counted by the election committee.

Last week, we released the 2016 Form 990  as supplemental documentation to accompany our platform announcement. These records show pertinent figures related to the fiscal health of our Local. We encourage all members to view both documents, as they are included below.

A total transition is needed for the health of our Local. We strongly encourage you to vote for a complete slate.

If you have a question or concern for any candidate on the US4You77 team, we’d love to hear from you! Please click here and send us a note—we will contact anyone who reaches out.

Together, we can move our Local into the 21st Century.

In Unity,

US4You77







 

 

4/30 Thought of The Day


Thought of The Day

Negotiating Committee Quotes


Pictured left to right: Jarred Antonacci, Rebecca Ansel, Ellen Trainer,
Marjorie Goldberg, David Fay, Robert Suttmann (center)

“We served as the other members of The Philly Pops Negotiating Committee with both Ellen and Marj and contrary to other reports, they never missed a meeting! They solicited our musicians’ input and refused to give in on the most important financial and non-monetary issues, even when urged to do so by our current Union President. Ellen and Marj were tenacious leaders for us and it is because of them – NOT Joe Parente – that we were able to secure a very strong, five-year contract in a cooperative agreement with the Philly Pops management. This is the type of accountable, responsive, and transparent leadership that our Union needs!”

Matt Gallagher, Principal Trumpet
Stephen Groat, Bass
Adam Lesnick, Horn
  Members of The Philly Pops Negotiating Committee 

“Having been on the last Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Negotiating Committee with Ellen, I was impressed by her passion, drive and dedication. She was at every meeting ready to ask the hard questions.”
 
Erica Miller, Principal Second Violin
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Absentee Ballots

We recommend you request your absentee ballot by May 8th to ensure your vote is counted. The first round of absentee ballots were sent out on Saturday, April 27th. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your absentee ballot, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by clicking HERE. We will respond immediately to any inquiries.



 

 

4/29/19 US4You77 Transition Plan & More Endorsements!


US4You77 Transition Plan


Pictured left to right: Jarred Antonacci, Rebecca Ansel, Ellen Trainer,
Marjorie Goldberg, David Fay, Robert Suttmann (center)

The election for Local 77 is in 17 days. As you are probably aware, the current administration has been working tirelessly to discredit the US4You77 campaign and our mission. The Parente administration hasn’t been held accountable in decades and they simply don’t know how to react. Their entire campaign thus far has been a reaction–a shadow of the US4You77 movement.

Prior to the nomination meeting on March 26th, you have likely neverreceived an email from the Parente administration. Some of you have expressed discontent that the administration felt the need to build a campaign website, while our Local website went without an update for nearly three years. Other members have recently expressed their frustrations regarding our President showing up at Opera Philadelphia rehearsals last weekend to rally votes. Some of you have mentioned that before this year you have never seen our President in the workplace.

The function of a Union extends beyond the boundary of contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreements. Our Union should serve to support its members, and work toward expanding the base and educating the membership. If the Parente administration was concerned with progress, progress would have been made long before this point. If we continue to maintain, we’ll continue to fall behind.

We want the membership to know that if we prevail in this election, the US4You77 team is ready to take the helm. For the last year, our team has been meeting and working tirelessly to develop a transition plan and transition team. We have been using a wealth of available resources to further educate ourselves, including the advice and guidance of active Union administrations from major metropolitan cities across the AFM. These administrations have committed to assisting us after the transition, and have offered their support in any way we see fit. It has been comforting to know we have the support of the musicians AND other administrations.

Do not accept the status quo. There is another choice for Local 77. 

Contrary to our opposition, we strongly encourage you to vote for a complete slate. The policies outlined below will be much tougher to implement without a complete and total transition. 

  1. Engage a forensic accountant to review the books and make sure they comport with the Form 990 tax filings and annual reports
  2. Review expenses to determine where cuts can be made and why “temporary” dues increases have not been temporary
  3. Review systems and software and update where necessary
  4. Completely rebuild our Local website. Create a unique profile login for each member to customize an online dashboard of resources and calendars
  5. Update the membership directory
  6. Create the ability to pay your dues online, directly through our Local website—not the AFM website
  7. Immediately schedule a general membership meeting ahead of the AFM Convention which takes place June 17th-20th
  8. Schedule meetings with Orchestra Committees and area contractors to hear questions and concerns and review any open grievances
  9. Create a Local 77 master calendar that would allow all members to view the Union ensemble rehearsals and performance schedules
  10. Establish regular communication with the membership via email and mailers. Our current email structure for the US4You77 campaign will be the model for communication moving forward with the members
  11. Work with membership and legal counsel to update antiquated procedures and By-Laws
  12. Create an agency within the Union that would be responsible for booking event bands and chamber music for wedding/corporate events. This is a multi-million dollar industry that has zero connection to our Union
  13. Organize a diversity sub-committee to help implement new practices for all members
  14. Work toward organizing theaters in our area that are not unionized for musicians, but are unionized for actors and stage hands. In many cases, members make more money playing high school shows
  15. Institute a showcase model for new members and ensembles that want to be booked through the Union
  16. Establish a relationship with the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO to bridge communications between our Local and the over 100 local labor Unions in Philadelphia






 

 

4/26/19 The Status Quo Must Go!


The Status Quo Must Go!


Pictured left to right: Jarred Antonacci, Rebecca Ansel, Ellen Trainer,
Marjorie Goldberg, David Fay, Robert Suttmann (center)

As election season moves forward, many of you have been sharing your ideas with us and asking questions about our vision for a new Local 77. It’s important that the members understand their Union should work for them–not the other way around. As you consider this very important decision in the coming weeks, we’d like to leave you with a few questions that might speak to the level of “experience, commitment, knowledge and strong proven leadership” of our current administration.

  1. What has the Union done to expand the base and increase membership?
  2. What year were the By-Laws last amended?
  3. As per our By-Laws, we’re supposed to have membership meetings quarterly. Have you been properly notified?
  4. Executive Board minutes should be published regularly. Why did it take our Local 3 years to update the minutes on their website?

If we’re maintaining, we’re falling behind.

We cannot accept the status quo any longer. This is a chance for all of us to finally make a change. There is another choice for Local 77!

Please read this week’s US4You77 article written by our candidate for President, Ellen Trainer. Ellen’s letter to the membership can be found in the link below. Additionally, we’d like you to take some time and peruse our new round of endorsements by musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.







 

 

4/19/19 Meet & Greet


Meet & Greet

Thursday April 22nd, 2019
• 4:30pm •
Standing O Bistro
The DoubleTree Hotel
237 South Broad Street
(Broad & Locust Street. Across from The Academy of Music)

Join the US4You77 team for a meet and greet with musicians of Opera Philadelphia and AVA Opera Orchestra at the Standing O Bistro inside of The Double Tree. We want to hear from you! Bring any ideas or questions–your concerns matter. Light dinner and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

CLICK HERE FOR ELECTION INFO

Candidate Questions? CLICK HERE


 

Marjorie Goldberg (VP/Alt. AFM DEL), Ellen Trainer (Pres)
Jarred Antonacci (Sec-Treas)


US4You77 Executive Board & AFM Delegate Candidates
Robert Suttmann (EB/AFM DEL), Rebecca Ansel (EB), David Fay (EB)


We hope you can join us on the 22nd! 

In Solidarity,

US4You77

4/18/19 Understanding the AFM-EPF Crisis/Endorsements


Understanding the AFM-EPF Crisis/Endorsements


We’ve had a busy week meeting with members and sharing ideas for change to Local 77. Included in this announcement you will find a series of new testimonials by current Local 77 members. While we are concerned with many aspects of our industry at the local level, we also want to address a national issue regarding the AFM Pension Fund. Robert Suttmann, one of our candidates for Executive Board researched and prepared the following article entitled Understanding the AFM-EPF Crisis. It is an informative history of the Pension Fund crisis. This is an issue the membership will need to understand so that we can work together in the upcoming months towards finding a solution that is most beneficial to all. The link is to this article is below. 

Communication among the members is pivotal to the success of the Union. Our business doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and neither should our Union. The US4You77 team is a slate of working musicians who are connected with nearly every major performing ensemble and freelance work in our area. Our understanding of the business is rooted in our years of experience performing beside you, as well as our many collective years serving on orchestra committees and negotiating committees.  

• Communication • Revitalization • Relevancy • 

If elected, we will begin having regular membership meetings again. We will update the Union website and intend to update the system of notification and collection of work dues. We intend to focus on organizing the plethora of non-Union work that has flourished in Philadelphia. We will explore ways to end the predatory practices of various music offices in our city who consistently act as bad citizens, bypassing Union standards on a regular basis. 











 

4/8/19 Fellow Musicians Endorse US4You77!


Fellow Musicians Endorse US4You77!


Since the launch of the US4You77 campaign on March 26th, we have been overwhelmed with the level of support by our fellow musicians for Ellen Trainer and the US4You77 slate. We have received countless letters, phone calls and offers of support for bringing a much needed change to our Local 77. We have received many endorsements from our fellow musicians that we will be sharing with you over the next several weeks. In the meantime, please take a moment to read the statements from fellow Union members who support the US4You77 team! 

LOCAL 77 BY-LAWSELECTION INFO


 










 

4/5/19 Meet & Greet


Meet & Greet

Thursday April 11th, 2019
• 5:30pm •
The Kimmel Center Orchestra Lounge

Join the US4You77 team for a social gathering in the orchestra lounge of the Kimmel Center with musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops. Meet the candidates and learn about the many ideas set to revitalize and transform Local 77.

CLICK HERE FOR ELECTION INFO


 

Marjorie Goldberg (VP/Alt. AFM DEL), Ellen Trainer (Pres)
Jarred Antonacci (Sec-Treas)


US4You77 Executive Board & AFM Delegate Candidates
Robert Suttmann (EB/AFM DEL), Rebecca Ansel (EB), David Fay (EB)


We hope you can join us on the 11th! 

In Solidarity,

US4You77

4/4 A Message From Ellen Trainer

3/28/19 Local 77 Election Info - Meet the US4You77 team!


Local 77 Election Information

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2019 
TIME: 10:00am – 8:00pm
LOCATION: TBD


 

Pictured left to right: Jarred Antonacci, Rebecca Ansel, Ellen Trainer, Marjorie Goldberg, David Fay, Robert Suttmann (center)

 


This is an exciting year for the musicians of Local 77. For the first time in many years we will be having a formal election! A notice was sent out to members from Local 77 during the second week of March and the nomination meeting was held on Tuesday March 26th, 2019 at 6pm at our Local 77 office. There was an amazing turnout in support of a new slate of musicians to nominate for both Officer and Executive Board positions–US4You77! 

The United in Solidarity team is committed to growing and strengthening our Union membership through open communication, education, and a visible presence in the Philadelphia music community. As we are all aware, our Union is long overdue for a positive transition and revitalization. United in Solidarity brings together working musicians with diverse educational and professional backgrounds who want to serve our members by fortifying a supportive and informative Union structure. We are committed to a positive, innovative and transparent campaign. In the days and weeks ahead we will keep you informed of the specificities of this year’s election, as well as the process to acquiring an absentee ballot should you need one. 

The results of the nomination meeting are below, in alphabetical order (as they will appear on the ballot). All of the US4You77 team members are highlighted. If you are interested in reading the minutes of the meeting as composed by the US4You77 team please feel free to access this information in the box below. 

If you’re interested in volunteering for the election committee, please call the Local 77 office immediately at (215) 985-4777. The committee is to be assigned by tomorrow 3/29/2019.

We need four members for the election committee and one chairperson. You can inquire with Local 77 as to the compensation for the duties of the election committee. 

To stay informed with the latest information including future gatherings, educational content, testimonials and more please follow us on social media. Let’s encourage our fellow musicians to sign up for the US4You77 newsletter. The key to a successful election is a unified base, united in solidarity for positive change. Together, we can do this…

In Unity,

US4You77


Local 77 By-Laws

 


Officer Nominations
  • President & Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM
    • Joe Parente (Nominated by Maria Marinari)
    • Ellen Trainer (Nominated by Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz)
  • Vice-President
    • Marjorie Goldberg (Nominated by Matthew Gallagher)
    • Ed Schultz (Nominated by Madeline Cabano)
  • Secretary-Treasurer & Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM
    • Jarred Antonacci (Nominated by Greg Riley)
    • Maria Marinari (Nominated by Emma Kummrow)
  • Executive Board Nominations
    • Rebecca Ansel (Nominated by Sue Lerner)
    • Ralph Buck (Nominated by Maria Marinari)
    • Madeline Cabano (Nominated by Ed Schultz)
    • David Fay (Nominated by Gloria DePasquale)
    • Emma Kummrow (Nominated by Madeline Cabano)
    • Robert Suttmann (Nominated by David Cianci)
  • Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM
    • Madeline Cabano (Nominated by Ed Schultz)
    • Robert Suttmann (Nominated by Linda Henderson)
  • Alternate Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM

 


 

Pictured left to right: Marjorie Goldberg, Ellen Trainer, Jarred Antonacci


Pictured left to right: Robert Suttmann, Rebecca Ansel, David Fay


 

3/25/19 Nomination Reminder


 

Nomination Reminder
DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: Offices of Local 77
121 South Broad Street – Suite 320


 

Pictured left to right: Jarred Antonacci, Rebecca Ansel, Ellen Trainer, Marjorie Goldberg, David Fay, Robert Suttmann (center)

 


The nomination meeting is tomorrow. As a reminder, we will be meeting everyone on the restaurant side of the Kimmel Center lobby at 5:15pm. We’ll begin heading to the Union office shortly after 5:30pm. Please make sure you have your government issued photo ID for entry into the building. Every member is encouraged to bring their Union card. While it’s not outlined in the By-Laws that you are required to have your card, you are required to have an active status. The presence of your Union card will be the most efficient way to prove this status if the question should arise.

The By-Laws state that the meeting can begin regardless of a quorum. To alleviate any potential issues the nominees and nominators need to be the first to sign in and enter the Union office. We ask that everyone else please sign in as quickly and efficiently as possible to insure that we have as many US4You supporters as the office will hold before 6pm. We’ve included this aspect of the By-Laws below.

ARTICLE IV, SECTION I.
(C) THE NOMINATIONS MEETING SHALL BE HELD AS CALLED, REGARDLESS OF QUORUM REQUIREMENT.

(D) ANY MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING PRESENT AT THE NOMINATIONS MEETING SHALL BE ENTITLED TO NOMINATE ANY ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE OF HIS/HER CHOICE. THE NOMINEE SHALL BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING OR HIS/HER NOMINATOR MUST PRESENT A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION FROM SUCH NOMINEE.

Immediately following the nomination meeting we’ll be celebrating the official launch of the US4You campaign at The Double Tree, located on the corner of Broad and Locust. In our efforts to keep the members informed our new campaign website will go live today at 7pm. US4You77 has a Twitter and Facebook page as well. We ask that you please wait until our meeting on Tuesday to follow us or hit the like button. In the weeks ahead you’ll play an essential role in the growth of support for the US4You campaign. You can help us by sharing our social media content and email blasts. Local 77 hasn’t had an election in over 20 years–we are long overdue for change.


Visit Our Website



Officers Ellen Trainer, President: Alexandra Cutler-Fetkexicz (Nominator) Marjorie Goldberg, Vice-President: Matt Gallagher (Nominator) Jarred Antonacci, Secretary-Treasurer: Greg Riley (Nominator)

Pictured left to right: Marjorie Goldberg, Ellen Trainer, Jarred Antonacci


Executive Board David Fay: Gloria DePasquale (Nominator) Robert Suttmann: Chris Mele (Nominator) Rebecca Ansel: Sue Lerner (Nominator)

Pictured left to right: Robert Suttmann, Rebecca Ansel, David Fay


Delegates to the International Convention of the AFM Robert Suttmann, AFM Delegate: Linda Henderson (Nominator) Marjorie Goldberg, (ALT) AFM Delegate: Douglas Mapp (Nominator)


We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. If anyone has a question regarding the meeting, please let us know immediately.

In Solidarity, US4You

3/23/19 Nominators Announcement

Nominators Announcement

DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2019  TIME: 6:00pm LOCATION: Offices of Local 77 121 South Broad Street – Suite 320
 

Dear US4You Nominator, Thank you for your support during this very exciting election season. As an US4You nominator you are playing an essential role in this process from the very beginning. Your willingness to publicly nominate shows the rest of our community that when we stand together real change is possible. As the campaign gets underway in the weeks ahead you’ll be essential to our efforts to educate and energize the membership. Sharing our social media content, newsletters and member testimonials will be a crucial step in the election process. Together, we can influence positive and meaningful change to our Union leadership. Below you’ll find the list of nominators, and the nominees for which they have volunteered. At this point, the US4You team members have contacted each of you personally—if anything has changed on your behalf regarding your attendance at Tuesday’s nomination meeting please reply to this message immediately. The US4You nominees and nominators should be among the first to enter the Union office on Tuesday. T-shirts will he handed out at the Kimmel Center at 5:15pm.


Officers Ellen Trainer, President: Alexandra Cutler-Fetkexicz (Nominator) Marjorie Goldberg, Vice-President: Matt Gallagher (Nominator) Jarred Antonacci, Secretary-Treasurer: Greg Riley (Nominator)

Pictured left to right: Marjorie Goldberg, Ellen Trainer, Jarred Antonacci


Executive Board David Fay: Gloria DePasquale (Nominator) Robert Suttmann: Chris Mele (Nominator) Rebecca Ansel: Sue Lerner (Nominator)

Pictured left to right: Robert Suttmann, Rebecca Ansel, David Fay


Delegates to the International Convention of the AFM Robert Suttmann, AFM Delegate: Linda Henderson (Nominator) Marjorie Goldberg, (ALT) AFM Delegate: Douglas Mapp (Nominator)


We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. If anyone has a question regarding the meeting, please let us know immediately.

In Solidarity, US4You

3/21/19 United in Solidarity

Philadelphia Musicians’ Union Local 77

Nomination of Officers (3 year term)

DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: Offices of Local 77
121 South Broad Street – Suite 320

Dear Friends of US4You,

As election season is now upon us, we are thrilled at the level of support we’re seeing in our bid for a positive and effective change to our Union leadership. The first step in this process is one of the most important–the nomination. The call to nominations was sent out by the Local at the end of the first week of March, but we have been made aware that not everyone received this notice. Below you’ll find the most pertinent information contained in the Philadelphia Musician paper regarding the nominations.

Nomination of Officers (3 year term)
DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: Offices of Local 77
121 S. Broad Street – Suite 320

Ahead of this meeting, we’re asking that everyone meet in the lobby of the Kimmel Center at 5:15pm. We’ll be gathering on the restaurant side of the Kimmel lobby at this time to pass out some t-shirts and pencils and to do a final head-count on those who have been asked to raise their hand at the meeting to nominate each of the US4You members. At 5:30pm we’ll leave the Kimmel Center and head to the Union office. Due to the large capacity of the US4You team, we’ll need to begin signing into the building early–each person must sign in individually and is REQUIRED to provide their government issued ID. At 6:00pm the administration will strike the gavel and call the nomination meeting to order, with or without us. It is imperative that we begin signing in as quickly as possible. If you are unable to meet ahead of time at the Kimmel, we ask that you head straight to the Union office no later than 5:45pm. We’re expecting a larger capacity than the office will hold. 

For those of you who did not receive the notice, we are including Article I, Section 3 of the Local 77 By-Laws (Officers & Delegates) as well as Article IV, Section 1 (Nominations) which include more pertinent information than the abbreviated version sent to us by the current administration. We understand the importance of educating the members and fully intend on keeping you and the rest of the membership informed of the Local 77 By-Laws throughout the election process. Accountability is essential to an honest and fair election.

In Solidarity,

US4You

ARTICLE I– SECTION 3: OFFICERS & DELEGATES

(A) THE ELECTIVE OFFICERS OF THIS LOCAL SHALL CONSIST OF A PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-TREASURER, AND THREE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS.

(B) THE ELECTIVE DELEGATES OF THIS LOCAL SHALL CONSIST OF ONE DELEGATE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AFM AND ONE ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AFM. THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY-TREASURER SHALL BE TWO OF THE DELEGATES TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AFM BY VIRTUE OF THEIR OFFICES.

(C) ALL OFFICERS AND DELEGATES SHALL BE MEMBERS OF THIS LOCAL AND SHALL BE ELECTED BY BALLOT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, IN SUCH MANNER AS PROVIDED UNDER THE BY-LAWS. NO MEMBER SHALL BE NOMINATED FOR MORE THAN ONE OFFICE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DELEGATE AND/OR ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AFM.

ARTICLE IV–SECTION 1: NOMINATIONS

(A) NOMINATIONS FOR ALL OFFICERS, DELEGATES, AND ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO THE AFM CONVENTION SHALL BE MADE TRIENNIALLY AT A SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR THAT PURPOSE ALONE WHICH SHALL BE HELD ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN APRIL, WITH THE PLACE AND THE EXACT TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

(B) AT LEAST FIFTEEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE NOMINATIONS MEETING, THE SECRETARY-TREASURER SHALL MAIL WRITTEN NOTICE OF SUCH MEETING TO ALL MEMBERS. THE NOTICE SHALL CONTAIN THE DATE, TIME, AND PLACE OF THE MEETING AND THE POSITIONS SUBJECT TO NOMINATIONS.

(C) THE NOMINATIONS MEETING SHALL BE HELD AS CALLED, REGARDLESS OF QUORUM REQUIREMENT.

(D) ANY MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING PRESENT AT THE NOMINATIONS MEETING SHALL BE ENTITLED TO NOMINATE ANY ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE OF HIS/HER CHOICE. THE NOMINEE SHALL BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING OR HIS/HER NOMINATOR MUST PRESENT A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION FROM SUCH NOMINEE.

(E) TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR NOMINATION, A MEMBER MUST HAVE BEEN A FULL MEMBER OF THE LOCAL IN CONTINUOUS GOOD STANDING FOR AT LEAST TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTHS PRECEDING THE NOMINATIONS MEETING.

(F) IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECEIPT OF ALL NOMINATIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHALL APPOINT AN ELECTION COMMITTEE OF FOUR (4) MEMBERS AND ONE (1) CHAIRPERSON, NONE OF WHOM ARE CANDIDATES. THE COMMITTEE SHALL HANDLE ALL DETAILS OF THE ELECTION. THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHALL BE PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

(G) NO MEMBER SHALL BE NOMINATED FOR MORE THAN ONE OFFICE. NO MEMBER SHALL NOMINATE MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE FOR ANY ONE OFFICE. A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE MAY BE NOMINATED ALSO FOR DELEGATE EXCEPT THAT A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY-TREASURER SHALL NOT BE NOMINATED FOR DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OR CONFERENCES OF THE AFM TO WHICH THIS LOCAL MAY BELONG.

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