Myths and Rumors: (regarding the AFM)

During the first few years of this campaign, all you had to do was say “union” and even the reddest maoist hipster would start involuntarily regurgitating perfect reagan-era anti-union propaganda. Fortunately, that’s died down, at least on Craigslist. However, mention the Musician’s Union to musicians and it’s common to hear horror stories about someone’s uncle who got fined in 1974 for playing too many gigs below scale, or someone else’s dad who got invited to a boot party in the alley in 1946 for hiring nonunion musicians and pocketing the difference. These days, the AFM doesn’t beat people up and fines are extremely rare.   See also Bad food analogy.


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