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Musicians union pacts with Zomba

Agreement includes Jive Records as well as subsids

The American Federation of Musicians has reached an agreement with Zomba Recording in which the label will be covered under the federation’s sound recording labor agreement for all product recorded on or after Jan. 1.

Pact, signed by Zomba and BMG Music, covers all current Zomba subsidiaries and labels including Jive Records as well as subsids and labels that may be added to Zomba in the future. Among the artists covered by Jive are Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync and Aaron Carter.

Negotiations were triggered when BMG Music corporate parent Bertelsmann acquired a controlling interest in Zomba. The pact’s terms are part of the federation’s collective bargaining agreement, which expires in February 2006.

“Musicians engaged by Zomba will now receive for the first time the full range of benefits and protections provided by federation collective bargaining agreements, including scale payments, working conditions, pension contributions and residual payments from several special payments funds,” said org president Thomas Lee.

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