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AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« on: Jul 02, 2015, 12:31 am »
Ok, so I'm going to stir the pot a little here, but this is worth it to me.

Having worked in regional Opera for over a decade, there is a trend in small AGMA houses to not offer travel and housing although the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires it. 

Let me say, first and foremost, that if a company wishes to only hire local, have at it. Advertise the position as such.

Performing a nationwide search for Stage Management, and just ignoring that part of the CBA that talks about travel and housing is an absolute outrage to me, and it makes my blood boil that AGMA is allowing it.  A company does not have the right to dismiss or ignore part of the CBA, similar to the fact that I do not have the right to waive part of the CBA while I'm under an AGMA contract.

The response I got when I asked AGMA about it - "It's a trend, and like most trends, it will go away eventually."

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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #1 on: Jul 02, 2015, 01:42 am »
This is a serious concern. BUT the timing is unfortunate. Contact your local AEA Regional Director with your concern.
The National Exec Director, Mary McColl, is in the midst of Production Contract Negotiations and needs to keep herself focused on that. Local Regional Directors will be more responsive. Please, keep us updated on your progress...
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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #2 on: Jul 02, 2015, 11:25 am »
VSM - just curious how contacting AEA reps for AGMA issues would be beneficial.

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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #3 on: Jul 02, 2015, 01:30 pm »
Although, bringing up AEA, I've seen this with Equity SM job listings as well.
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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #4 on: Jul 02, 2015, 03:03 pm »
The timing is unfortunate, as there are a lot of negotiations going on (Chicago, Dallas, etc) , but AGMA has been allowing this to go on for years . . .and of course it's becoming a trend.  As more companies note that they can save money by simply ignoring the Travel and Housing clause, of course they are going to cut that corner.

My pointed question is . . .why am I paying dues to a union that simply doesn't have the muscle or will to protect the CBA's it negotiates?  I can promise you that if this affected a union Chorus, AGMA would be all over it.  Stage Management, not so much.  I can't express my disappointment enough.  I've stood up for the union at times when I was the only person in the company who cared at all about the CBA.  The fact that I got a "Meh" response is just insulting.

If, as BenTheStageMan point out, though, that this an industry wide problem, I have much greater fears.
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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #5 on: Jul 02, 2015, 04:23 pm »
To play devil's advocate . . .

Let's say a company advertises a show, and they say no housing / transportation, which means you would be responsible for it.  This might actually still be appealing to a non-local - it might be the first job in a new city you are planning to move to, you might already have housing / transportation in that city.  Or, it might be a company you want to break into, so being hired as a local maybe worth it.

It would also allow you to negotiate - okay, the pay is 900 a week, I will need about 600 for housing and transportation.

It's not always a deal breaker.
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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #6 on: Jul 02, 2015, 11:51 pm »
The problem is that these companies are not willing to negotiate, and for a lot of them, you would have to "relocate" for 8 to 16 weeks worth of work, so it's not getting your foot in the door for a job that pays a living wage, it's just a gig.

Sure, if you were planning to move there anyway, knock yourself out.
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Re: AGMA Companies that are not offering travel/housing
« Reply #7 on: Jul 03, 2015, 01:45 am »
IMHO - An inquiry from a Regional Director of AEA to a Regional or National Director of AGMA will carry more weight than a simple inquiry from a member... One for All...
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