Author Archives: Rank and File

Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA)

Dear Colleagues,

This past week a cohesive team of AFM Officers, Local Officers, Rank-and-File Representatives and Staff embarked on negotiations for a successor agreement for the AFM Sound Recording Labor Agreement. We met in New York, with caucuses beginning on Monday, January 10, and our first meeting with the Record Labels the afternoon of the following day. Continue reading


Dear Colleagues,

We have a full plate for this new year; 2011 will see RMA working on your behalf in a variety of different areas.

The Sound Recording Labor Agreement negotiations between the AFM and the major labels begin with a caucus day on Monday, January 10, and will continue through that week. Continue reading


Dear Colleagues,

The Electronic Media Oversight Committee; Phil Ayling, Bruce Bouton, Neil Stubenhaus and Bill Foster, worked with President Ray Hair and our new IEB to craft the best plan possible. The AFM, Local Officers and RMA Chapter Officers in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles reached out to communicate. We sent the communication included below almost a month ago, and since then, AFM musicians – you and your colleagues – cast ballots. Continue reading

Vote YES

Dear Colleagues,

If you earned more than $2500 in national contracts recording (non-symphonic) last year, you are elegible to participate in an unprecedented act of union democracy. You should have recieved, or will shortly recieve, a ballot in the mail from the American Federation of Musicians, and we strongly recommend a “yes” vote. Continue reading

RMA 2010 General Conference and Elections

The Recording Musicians Association held its General Conference on Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th, 2010. Our Conference was graciously hosted by Local 802 in New York City.

RMA Officers and Delegates arrived from Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, and were joined by guests from San Francisco, as well as AFM President Ray Hair, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, International Vice President Bruce Fife, and Executive Officers Vince Trombetta and Tino Gagliardi, along with AFM staff including Assistant Executive Director of the EMSD Pat Variale. We were also pleased to be joined by the President of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) Carla Lehmeier-Tatum, as well as SRLA rank-and-file representative Neil Stubenhaus, RMA Executive Publisher Jay Rosen, founding RMA Officer Mike Comins and RMA Election Chair Juliet Haffner. Continue reading

RMA Address to the ROPA Conference

Omaha, Nebraska
August 5, 2010

On behalf of the Recording Musicians Association, I would like to thank you for inviting us to share in your very full agenda here in Omaha. Congratulations to Carla and the whole Board on a successful, professional and productive ROPA Conference. The RMA is always honored to be invited to participate at ROPA, and 2010 is a very special year. Continue reading