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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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ICYMI: 'Dancing With the Stars,' but Not the Band

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Earlier this month, as one of TV’s most popular programs, "Dancing with the Stars," began preparations for its 18th season, the producers of the highly rated show made a major misstep and fired the show’s live backing band the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which had provided the show’s sound track for its entire run. When the new season begins next month, recorded music and a small “combo” will replace the 28-piece band.

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No Fancy Commercials, but Super Bowl is Brought to You by Union Members

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Sunday was the first outdoor, cold weather site Super Bowl in the game’s 48-year history. The frigid weather in the weeks leading up to the game didn't  stop the thousands of union members who brought you the game. On the scene at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands or behind the scenes at many facilities in the Metro New York-New Jersey area, union members made the nation’s national party day possible.   

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SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor Rita Moreno and ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor Rita Moreno and ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA honored outstanding motion picture and television performances at its annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 18. Rita Moreno received  the union's highest honor, the 50th Annual Life Achievement Award. 

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Minnesota Orchestra Members Ratify New Deal to End Lockout

Image via peterrieke/Flickr

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will be back onstage soon after they and the orchestra board of directors have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will end the nearly 16-month lockout of the musicians. The agreement takes effect Feb. 1 and performances are expected to begin later that month.

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