PLEASE – actively participate in the politics of your orchestra, group, festival or organization AND the local, and seek to ORGANIZE. Talk to your colleagues, form a committee, and work with the DMA to secure a legally recognized seat at the table so you may negotiate with your employer on the mandatory subjects of bargaining. You are entitled to do so under the law.
This call to action is not your union’s attempt to meddle in your affairs. Unions are designed specifically to assist employees to organize – to offer the ‘prepackaged’ structure and resources of an existing labor organization that comprises like minded professionals.
The DMA does not belong to the board or officers; it is YOUR union and can only be as strong and useful as the membership makes it.