AFM to rep Kaufman faculty

Nat'l Labor Relations Board certifies 59-50 vote

The American Federation of Musicians’ Local 802 has won the right to rep 130 faculty members at the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in Gotham.

AFM said the center is the nation’s third largest community arts school and the largest private community arts organization at which the faculty achieved union representation. The unit includes teachers at the Lucy Moses School and the Special Music School of America.

The Natl. Labor Relations Board certified the 59-50 vote, triggered by Local 802 filing a petition last March.

“This victory will not only help us, but also the Center and the students, as it will attract and retain the highest quality teachers,” said organizing committee member Miho Matsuno, who has been teaching violin at the center for 10 years.

AFM also said Local 802 also said it had successfully negotiated the first contract covering teachers at the Midori Foundation, which employs artists who work in New York City public schools. It said Midori faculty will receive pension and health benefits, job placement based on seniority and a grievance procedure with binding arbitration.

Midori Faculty signed a petition for union recognition in November 2001 and negotiations lasted one year.

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