Gagliardi, a Broadway trumpet player, ran unopposed for the office he previously held from 2010–18, when he led contract negotiations for Broadway, the Lincoln Center Resident Orchestra and Radio City – all of which he held during the pandemic. Struggled to return to business. He will replace Adam Krauthamer as the local top official.
“Running for office requires courage and dedication, and I commend everyone who participated in this year’s local 802 union election,” Gagliardi said in a statement. “My job is to represent all the musicians in our union, regardless of who they voted for. If one thing became clear during the election campaign, it’s that covid The crisis is not over yet and for this we all need to find ways to come together for the benefit of our membership. My administration will help us grow, preserve, diversify, and rebuild Local 802 to best serve NYC’s hardworking musicians. I look forward to continuing the important work of helping musicians recover and grow so that they can provide NYC with the best live music and culture.”
In the race for local competition, Karen Fischer was again elected vice president of finance, and Harvey S. Mars, formerly the local in-house attorney, was elected vice president of recording.
“We have been greatly affected by the pandemic,” Fischer told Deadline. “We lost the majority or work dues and about 50% of our membership dues in 2020 with Broadway and Lincoln Center orchestras and concerts closed. It has been very difficult, but we are optimistic.”
Broadway has temporarily reopened, and the Lincoln Center Orchestra is, for the most part, back to work, but Omicron’s COVID-19 version is forcing more shows to suspend production. . “We all want to go back to work but we keep throwing for loops through these types of things,” Fischer said. “There is something new every day. But we believe that we are not looking at a complete shutdown.”
“Musicians are really suffering a lot,” she said. “They are always the first to be out of work and the last to work in any economic downturn.”
Mars, a trombonist and labor lawyer, had been the attorney of the local 802 until his election. A member of Local for the past 28 years, he told Deadline that he is “retiring from the practice of law to devote full-time to becoming vice president.”
Local Bill itself is the “largest local association of professional musicians in the world,” and according to annual financial statements filed with the Department of Labor, it had about 5,000 members in 2020. Less than 1,000 members voted in the election, mostly through absentee ballots.
Among other local castes, nine members were elected to the executive board; nine were elected to its test board; five were elected as delegates to the convention of the American Federation of Musicians; Three were elected to the New York City Central Labor Council, and two were elected representatives of the New York State Federation of Labor.
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