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Musicians Call on Lionsgate to Stop Taking Taxpayer Dollars to Score Movies Overseas

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Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are speaking out against movie studios that accept tax credits to film in the United States, then create the scores for those films overseas. Lionsgate, for instance, had revenue last year of $2.7 billion, millions of which came from tax credits—yet it paid musicians less money in Macedonia to score such films as the recent Kevin Costner film "Draft Day." AFM says its members’ total earnings from scoring movies have fallen by half since 2007.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti Tells Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with mebmers of AFM Local 47

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is listening up, and wants Lionsgate and other film production companies that take taxpayer dollars but send musicians’ jobs overseas to do the same.

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Unionized Symphony Musicians Raise Money for United Way

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What comes to mind when you think “union member”? Steelworker? Teacher? Ironworker? We’d guess “symphony musician” probably doesn’t jump to the top of your list. The labor movement, though, is blessed with all kinds of workers, including Richmond’s symphony musicians.

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Listen Up, Then Tell Lionsgate to Do the Same

Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) and other production companies are shipping American musicians’ jobs overseas—musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story.

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Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Yesterday, we told you how musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story and success are coming together to challenge production companies like Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) that are shipping American musicians ’ jobs overseas. Here are some photos from the kick off actions of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Listen Up campaign.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

Tell Lionsgate It Has the Score Wrong. Stop Sending Musicians’ Jobs Overseas

One of the most iconic American symbols is the National Football League. This week Lionsgate Entertainment is releasing a movie about what is probably the second most popular day for football fans after the Super Bowl—“Draft Day.” But Lionsgate did something decidedly un-American for this film. It shipped American musicians’ jobs overseas—to Macedonia.

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Here’s the Score: AFM Makes Movie Music Soar

Here’s the Score: AFM Makes Movie Music Soar

We gave a shout out yesterday to the Oscar winners and nominees and all the union workers who make the movie magic happen, the actors, dancers, production crews, directors, musicians and others. Today, we’d like to share a few photos of our brothers and sisters from the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Local 47 in Los Angeles at work making the movies come alive with music.

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Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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