Referendum on disaffiliation from the AFM - June 2 to 8

Montreal, April 10, 2014 - 

RECOMMANDATION BY THE GUILD'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Faced with a situation that is going nowhere and is unlikely to result in any agreement that would give the Guild suitable conditions for affiliation, and in view of the obvious lack of openness on the part of the AFM, the GMMQ’s Board of Directors recommends that during the referendum members of the Guild should vote YES to disaffi liation from the AFM.

10 GOOD REASONS TO DISAFFILIATE FROM THE AFM

THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Since February, the Guild’s Board of Directors has tried numerous times to engage in a constructive dialogue with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) in the hope of finding a viable solution to the problems facing the Québec Musicians’ Guild, as recommended by two separate committees mandated by the AFM. We even reached a proposed agreement-in-principle with the AFM’s Vice-President from Canada, Alan Willaert, when we met with him on March 13 in Montreal.

Unfortunately, the Canadian Vice-President was unable to convince the IEB that this proposal was well-founded and realistic. The AFM is now demanding a financial audit of the GMMQ by an AFM team based in New York.

It should be noted that the Guild has already opened its books of account several times at the request of the AFM:
- in winter 2010, full audit by two employees of the AFM; 
- in June 2012, the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFM studied our books of account with an accountant and a lawyer;
- in 
January 2013, a committee appointed by the AFM spent two days in Montreal to scrutinize our operations and we provided them numerous financial data. 

Never before has a solution of this kind been conditional on a financial audit by the AFM. Why are they calling for an audit now, when we were so close to reaching an agreement? This is clearly a new tactic being employed by the AFM to delay the process and avoid the issue.

REFERENDUM DATES

The referendum on disaffiliation from the AFM, as requested by members of the Guild, will be held from Monday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 8th.

HOW THE REFERENDUM WILL WORK

As we announced previously, the accounting fi rm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) will be in charge of handling the vote. Whether by email (for those who have an email address entered in our system) or regular mail (for those without email) RCGT will be sending all members in good standing of the Guild a ballot form on which they can register their vote. Members will thus be able to vote online or by regular mail.

MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS

The issues at stake in this referendum are crucial for the Guild and all musicians in Québec and must be subject to an open democratic debate during a wide consultation process that complies with existing laws and regulations.

Consequently, in the coming weeks elected offi cials of the Québec Musicians’ Guild will be travelling throughout Québec to meet with members and discuss the issues at hand with them. At these meetings you will be able to ask questions and express your opinions freely.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming meetings

 

Cities

 

Dates

 

Rimouski

 

April 25

 

Laval

 

May 5

 

Saguenay

 

May 6

 

Québec

 

May 7

 

Sherbrooke

 

May 9


 

Cities

 

Dates

 

Joliette

 

May 22, AM

 

Trois-Rivières

 

May 22, PM

 

Drummondville

 

May 25

 

Longueuil

 

May 26

 

Montréal

 

May 27

Meeting dates are subject to change. Visit referendum-guilde.com 

REFERENDUM WEBSITE

In light of the crucial importance of the coming referendum, it is important that Guild members be able to quickly and easily find pertinent and clear information on the issues at hand. We invite you now to visit our bilingual website referendum-guilde.com which is dedicated entirely to the referendum. There you will find :

- a blog that will regularly keep you informed on all matters related to the referendum (meetings with members, events, news, etc.);

- a Questions / Answers section classified by themes to help you better understand the situation;

- the background background summarizing the situation in a few lines, as well as a chronology outlining the main events concerning this issue that have transpired since 2008;

- a contact form through which you can submit your comments and questions to us. 

We hope this website will meet your expectations and answer any questions you may have. 

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