Chatsworth, CA -- Today, on the heels of announcing a record-setting fundraising haul of more than $120,000 in less than six weeks, Pilar Schiavo announced the endorsement of The Musicians Union of Los Angeles AFM Local 47.
The support from AFM Local 47 adds to the growing support for Pilar’s campaign, which recently earned the endorsements of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, Senators Maria Elena Durazo and Connie Leyva, Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Alex Lee, CA Dem Party Vice Chair David Campos, Hon. Jane Kim, Teamsters Joint Council 42, AFSCME 3299, National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), California Conference of Machinists, United Steelworkers Local 675 (USW), and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) TSA Local 1260.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on musicians and those who work in the music and film industry. After losing jobs,healthcare, and benefits, it is up to us to rebuild our economy so no one is left behind,” said Schiavo. “Since their founding, AFM Local 47 has fought for the same issues I have been fighting for throughout my career: living wages and safe working conditions, opposing the forces of exploitation, and preserving the dignity and respect all professional workers deserve. I look forward to working with them to continue that fight in Sacramento.”
AFM Local 47 - a member of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, California Labor Federation, and AFL-CIO - represents more than 6,000 members, including arrangers, composers, producers, contractors, engineers, and freelance musicians in music and film venues who are regarded as some of the very best in the world. They serve musicians working in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and beyond.
Pilar has spent her career working to uplift working families. For almost 13 years, Pilar worked with California Nurses Association (CNA), most recently deploying nurses for disaster relief and humanitarian missions. She's also worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the San Francisco Labor Council, all with the one goal of uplifting families. Pilar has been active in her community for years, initiating and co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) and the West Valley People's Alliance (WVPA), serving on the PTA at her daughter's public school, and was elected to the Leadership & School Site Councils. Pilar lives with her daughter Sofia and her stepdaughter Germany in Chatsworth.