It's Official. Dave Pomeroy crushes Harold Bradley in the Local 257 Nasville Election. Pomeroy's running mate, Craig Krampf
defeats Billy Linneman for Secretary/Treasure and Nashville gets a new Board of Directors. Both Bradley and Linneman are on the IEB and are two of Tom's of attack dogs/cronies-constantly berating Los Angeles and Nashville AFM recording musicians. So now, Bradley and Linneman have no constituency-period. Wanna' bet Lee fights and lies to keep his boys on the IEB? God forbid that Lee would replace them with the actual officers from Nashville and Los Angeles.
Its Official-Tom Lee, the IEB and the AFM will not be getting a Centavo from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund. Lee just informed the IEB in a conference call. So much for AFM counsel Jeff Freund's "guarantee" and "it's a slam dunk" to Tom and the IEB that they would prevail. So now, recording musicians who have paid the SRSPF (sound recording special payments) bogus work dues are beginning to call the AFM and ask for their money back, as they should. The AFM is in a box. A decision by the Alliance (AMPTP) not to allow the the Motion Picture Fund to cooperate with the AFM and new bylaw directly challenges the legality of the entire bylaw and the bogus work dues it mandates. If the AFM can't collect from film musicians, how in the hell can they collect from record musicians?. If the AFM does not refund the sound recording money immediately, we certainly hope there is another lawsuit ASAP.
It's Official - Vince Trombetta's entire slate wins big in Los Angeles. Chuck Fernandez (the pompous jackass who IS the Committee of all CAPS) and Bobby Rodriguez, a Local 47 Director - both of them Lee's guys in LA - were thrashed.
It's Official-Hal Espinosa has been removed by Tom as a Trustee on the Pension Fund. Tom's states in a letter his reasons - "you're no longer the President of Local 47". Melinda Wagner, a current Pension Fund Trustee, does not hold an AFM or local office as has not for years - let just see what Tom does with buddy Harold Bradley, who has not attended a pension fund meeting in 20 months (during the worst financial crisis since the 20's) and now officially represents no one but himself. (Bradley as a pension fund trustee was a sham from the beginning). Welcome to your AFM representation - at it worst.
So today, the IEB and the AFM Pension Fund have no officer representation of any kind from LA. (Phillip Yao, though from LA, was appointed as an at-large pension trustee). So for the FIRST TIME IN AFM history, LA, a local with 8,000 plus members, 10% of the AFM's TOTAL membership and who also provides about one-third (33%) of the ENTIRE Federation bankroll is completely unrepresented within the AFM hierarchy. Why in the world should LA remain a part of the AFM at all-would you? What's the point? If your Local contributes millions to your national union and they just keep taking your money, spending thousands constantly attacking your Local musician members and officers and in effect denying that you even officially exist, why in the blazes would you or should you stay around and take more punishment. John Sweeney, are you listening?
It was a very bad week for the Lee machine, and a good week for us musicians, (except for Espinosa). Like Joe McCarthy and Petrillo before him, the wheels are falling off Tom's corrupt machine, the lies are being exposed daily to the entire AFM, lawsuits are in progress and are being filed and - the money is being shut off. More to come...