Musicians’ Society of San Antonio, AFM Local 23 Fighting For Contract

Huge thanks to our sisters and brothers of the San Antonio AFL-CIO for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us today on the picket line! (October 12, 2021)

Members of the following unions stood in solidarity:

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 694 (VIA bus drivers)

AFSCME San Antonio Local 2021 (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees)

Communication Workers of America Local 6143 (CWA; AT&T)

National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC Alamo Branch 421)

AFGE Local 1367, Lackland AFB (American Federation of Government Employees)

San Antonio Alliance (San Antonio Teachers Council)

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement – San Antonio (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – San Antonio

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Hank S. Brown chapter)

Pictured is symphony worker Marisa Bushman and her new baby demanding a #LivingWage.#OnStrike#Solidarity#UnionStrongAFM – American Federation of Musicians

International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony

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October 12, 2021 San Antonio, TX

Strike Date Set for 60,000 Film and Television Workers

Unless an Agreement is Reached, IATSE Members Will Begin Nationwide Strike on Oct. 18 at 12:01 a.m. (PDT)

LOS ANGELES, CA — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb announced today that unless an agreement is reached, union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT.

Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale.

“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.” 

Last week, IATSE members who work in television and film production at 36 IATSE local unions across the country voted to authorize the union’s international president to call a strike if contract talks didn’t result in a new contract for 60,000 film and television workers. Voter turnout was 90 percent, with 98.6 percent of those voting in support of authorizing a strike.

A new aggressive military alliance that threatens China and peace in the Asian Pacific

UNAC statement on AUKUS

9/27/21

https://nepajac.org/aukus.htm

The United States and its junior imperialist partners of the United Kingdom and Australia have announced a new alliance called AUKUS, which is a clear threat to China.  This comes on the heels of the recent defeat of the US in its 20-year war against Afghanistan, which was part of its strategy to surround China with its so called “Pivot to Asia.”

As part of the agreement, the US will provide Australia with nuclear powered submarines, which violates the spirit of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  This new alliance also comes on the heels of the UK announcing a 40% increase in its nuclear arsenal and its announcement that it will join the US in its new initiative to build a military space force.  Though the US may no longer be able to threaten China from Afghanistan, this new threat has nuclear overtones.  With the enriched uranium needed to run a nuclear submarine, Australia may be in a position to build a nuclear weapon.

Australia previously had a contract with France to build non-nuclear-powered submarines but unilaterally withdrew in favor of the AUKUS deal.  This angered France and the European Union and should be seen in the light of the UK’s recent increased trade agreements with Australia and its withdrawal from the European Union.  This new alliance between the US, the UK and Australia may be the beginning of a new military and economic alliance as Australia’s main trading partner was previously China.

China’s reaction was swift.  They characterized this new military alliance as a return to the Cold War mentality of the past.  The AUKUS deal was quickly followed by a number of belligerent statements by the US and Australia directed towards China, and even called for a coup within the Chinese Communist Party.

AUKUS accelerates the arms race at a time of huge threats to the world from the COVID pandemic and climate change, two global threats that require global cooperation not more war. 

UNAC demands:

End to the AUKUS agreement!

End to the “Pivot to Asia!”

End US threats towards China!