Local 99 Orientation is an introduction to the many facets of the union, from what contracts we negotiate/enforce, to what benefits members can access, to how we all can improve our local and national music ecosystem through union solidarity.
What will I learn? Here is the material that we will go through, in three different forms:
We’ll also discuss in more detail anything pertinent to the work you yourself do.
What’s the difference? Until you attend an orientation, your membership status with the Local is “Provisional”. After you attend, your membership status becomes “Regular”. The main difference is that “Regular” members can vote in union elections, on price-list changes, and any other issue that requires a vote, while “Provisional” members cannot. Per our bylaws, a Provisional member must attend an orientation within six months of joining.
Why attend? Aside from changing your membership status, attending orientation can provide you with valuable information about what members like you have done to create resources and benefits available to all members, and what you can do to help strengthen your union. You will have the chance to meet with our Local Secretary-Treasurer, Mont Chris Hubbard, who has a wealth of experience in and knowledge of current issues and trends in the industry. At the end of the day, what makes a Union stronger and allows us to move our goals (which are your goals) forward is an engaged membership, and our hope is that attending an orientation session will reveal ways for you to engage with your Local and fellow members.
But I don’t want to go to any in-person meetings right now! Me neither! We have updated our orientation to take place online, using Zoom video conferencing software. You can take part at home, and depending on how much your webcam shows, you might not even have to wear pants!
But I’m busy! We know! If you have opinions on future times that might work for you, please let us know (email Mont Chris) and we will try our best to accommodate your schedule!