Committee: RMA Considering Targeting Orchestral Tenure Clauses

By • July 8, 2008

The Committee for a More Responsible Local 47, an anonymous industry watchdog group based in Los Angeles, has reported that the Recording Musicians Association (RMA) is considering targeting tenure clauses of AFM local orchestra collective bargaining agreements.

The Committee newsletter stated, “We have verification from multiple sources in Los Angeles and elsewhere that the RMA is considering targeting the tenure clauses of local orchestral CBAs (Collective Bargaining Agreements). Encouraged by the successful takeover (They call it a ‘merger’) of the Pasadena Pops by the Pasadena Symphony, tossing out 60+ professional musicians, including 41 tenured musicians and many founding members who worked with the Pasadena Pops for over 20 years, the RMA is apparently investigating moves to take more work from others as theirs dwindles. A few RMA members told us that at a recent RMA meeting they were informed that the RMA is looking for legal ways get rid of, nullify or do an end run around tenure clauses in area orchestras’ CBAs. This could potentially affect the careers of 1,500-2,000 musicians.”

Attempts by Film Music Magazine to reach RMA officials were unsuccessful.

In other RMA-related news, an industry newsletter is reporting this week that the AFM may be considering de-conferencing the RMA.

For more information on The Committee for a More Responsible Local 47, visit

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