Magazine article International Musician

CFM, a Year-in-Review

Magazine article International Musician

CFM, a Year-in-Review

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The year 2014 has been a turbulent one for the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM).

However, to start on a positive, February saw the removal of rules about unionization votes from proposed Bill C-525. The deleted rules were completely biased against unions.

At a December 2013 general meeting of Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), a motion was passed to conduct a referendum to determine if the local should disaffiliate from the AFM. The local and the AFM struggled to find a solution for a shortfall in the local's ability to pay its per capita dues. Balloting took place in June. The July IM announced that barely a simple majority of 46.6% of members surveyed voted against disaffiliation from the AFM. Now the local's leadership has placed a motion before the courts to obtain a declaration that the 53% majority obtained in the consultation survey is sufficient to disaffiliate, in spite of the local bylaw requirements.

Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) members were granted a temporary injunction against disciplinary action for having entered into an agreement with Vancouver Film Orchestra in September 2012 that undercut national agreements. The local's officers and board were removed from office and the local had been placed in trusteeship June 2013. In September of this year, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross handed down a decision that found the applicable AFM Bylaw unenforceable in the Province of British Columbia, thereby ending the trusteeship and returning the former board to office. The AFM has appealed the decision. …

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