Dear Local 72-147 Member,
I need to update you regarding the situation with Dallas Pops. As you know we have been advising our membership to be wary of working for Dallas Pops because of their failure to pay the prevailing wage for musician’s services in our area. We have tried on multiple times to engage their management in negotiations for an agreement with the Union that would provide for the prevailing standard of payment for wages, pension and proper working conditions for professional musicians working for Dallas Pops. At every point Dallas Pops has refused to answer our requests.
Therefore, I have been left with no other option but to request that the name of Dallas Pops be placed on the AFM’s International Unfair List, effective immediately. AFM President Ray Hair has advised me that as of February 11, 2014 TCG Productions, dba the Dallas Pops has been placed on the AFM’s International Unfair List. Let me remind you that, in accordance with Article 8, Section 3 of the AFM Bylaws, “Members shall not render musical services for organizations, establishments, or people who have been placed on the International Unfair List. Any member who violates this Section shall be subject to penalties in accordance with Article 11, Section 13 (of the AFM Bylaws).”
We will keep you informed of the situation at hand, including any settlement that may be reached between the Union and Dallas Pops. In the coming days we will update you on our plans to picket upcoming Dallas Pops events and how you might become involved in helping us in our quest to reach an equitable settlement with TCG Productions and the Dallas Pops. Please feel free to give my office a call if you have any questions or concerns.
Local 72-147, AFM