Org cites health care, workers' rights as important issues

The exec board of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has endorsed John Kerry for president, citing his stances on labor and economic issues affecting musicians.

“Kerry’s stand on economic issues is consistent with that of the AFM,” AFM prexy Thomas Lee said said. “Whether the issue is offshore outsourcing, special tax giveaways to the wealthy or unrestrained corporate power and influence, Kerry promises to fight for fairness and economic prosperity for America’s workers.”

Lee also noted that a key issue for the board, which made the endorsement at its quarterly meeting, was health care. Other issues included Kerry’s focus on the arts, copyright piracy, middle class tax relief, job creation, fair trade, prescription drug coverage and Social Security protection.

The American Federation of Musicians has over 100,000 members.

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