- Fair Trade Music — A group of Portland musicians organized by the Portland Musicians Union to improve working conditions and establish pay standards for local club musicians. It has since expanded to other cities, with chapters across the country, L.A. to D.C.; learn more at http://www.fairtrademusicpdx.org/
- Musician Loading Zones — We successfully advocated for a pilot project opening some loading zones in Portland to musicians. The pilot project has been extended, and we are working to expand the sites. Learn more here: https://pdxmusicloading.com/
- Independent Contractor Rules — The State of Oregon is making changes to the laws governing independent contractors. These changes may affect how musicians do business and pay taxes. Local 99 is working to ensure that musicians are represented in the lawmaking process.
- OLCC/All Ages Shows — Because young audiences are vital to our members’ careers, Local 99 members helped create a new type of OLCC license that allows music venues to host more all-ages shows. The posting went into existence on June 1, 2008.
- 100% Smoke Free Workplaces –Health concerns and damage to expensive musical equipment were among the reasons that Local 99’s members voted overwhelmingly to participate in this campaign to create a Smoke Free workplace. Although passed in mid-2007, the law took effect on January 1, 2009.
- OLCC/Minor Entertainers — When the OLCC took action to prohibit minor entertainers from working in alcohol serving establishments, the members of Local 99 decided to stand up for the young musicians and worked for 2 years to successfully overturn the rule.
- KZME — Local 99 worked in conjunction with Metro East Community Media and a host of others to create a new radio station featuring local and regional music. KZME has been broadcasting on 107.1 FM since winter/spring ‘10.
- Media Reform — Because of its deleterious effects on diversity of music broadcast and opportunity for local and regional musical artists to get radio airplay, Local 99 has been working to oppose media consolidation for years. Together with a wide coalition of Media Reform Organizations, Local 99 has successfully fought back attempts to further consolidate control of our local media.