Our mission is to strengthen and renew our union and to build a more secure future for all its members.

A Message from Adam Krauthamer

Local 802 President-elect

December 5, 2018


Dear Fellow Musicians: 

We have just received the certified results of yesterday’s election and I am proud to announce that you have elected me to be your next President by an overwhelming margin. Moreover, the entire MFC slate has been elected, including Karen Fisher to the Office of Financial Vice-President, in what is a clear mandate for change. The full results of yesterday’s election can be accessed here.


We are grateful for, and humbled by, your enthusiastic support. With this mandate, we will move forward decisively to implement our vision of this union—building a more secure future for all of our members. Everyone on the MFC team is prepared to get to work to create a better future, serve our fellow musicians and create positive change at Local 802.


Fellow 802 Musicians,
We see what you see
Declining membership, less and less union work under contract, a younger generation of musicians who see no value in joining our union, a pension plan in crisis, and a leadership that has not stepped up to the challenges we face. Together, these troubling trends represent an existential threat to our union. If this does not change, eventually there won’t be any union at all. That is a future we refuse to accept.
On Tuesday December 4th, Vote - 802 Musicians for Change
  • To elect a new team to rebuild the strength of this union 
  • To bring new thinking to the challenging environment we find ourselves in 
  • To make our union leadership more transparent and more accountable to its membership 
  • To make our union serve its membership better and be more responsive to its needs 
  • To rebuild the membership base and strengthen its finances 
  • To challenge the trustees of the pension plan to right the ship 
New Leaders.  New Direction.  Stronger Union. 

The Candidates

Click Photos for MFC Candidate Bios and Personal Statements

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Adam Krauthamer

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Financial Vice President
Karen Fisher

Executive Board

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Janet Axelrod

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Pete Donovan

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Lynne Cohen

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Elise Frawley

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Morris Kainuma

Caryl Paisner


Monica Davis

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Kyle Hoyt

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Bobby Shankin

Trial Board


Cenovia Cummins

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Bill Hayes


Sylvia D’Avanzo


Joanna Maurer


Javier Gándara


Mary Ann McSweeney


Warren Odze


Louise Owen


Dan Peck

Delegates to the AFM Convention

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Dean LeBlanc

Pete Donovan

Javier Gándara

Bill Hayes

Caryl Paisner


Together we can create the Union we want and deserve. Chip in today to power our grassroots campaign for change at 802! 


Or, send a check or money order payable to Musicians for Change, Inc. 


Musicians for Change, Inc.
45-06 Queens Blvd.
Suite 202
Sunnyside, NY 11104

*Sorry, due to Federal law and 802 Bylaws, we cannot accept donations from any employer within or outside of the music industry, nor can we accept donations from any 802 member who acts as an employer of other members, or who is an agent or representative of any employer, or who hires, directs or engages local 802 members on a continuing basis. 



If you'd like to volunteer for the 802 Musicians for Change grassroots campaign emails us at:

Voting Info

Election day is Tuesday, December 4, 2018!

In person voting will be held between 10am and 8pm at Local 802's office, 322 West 48th and between 10am and 7pm at the West Side YMCA, 5 West 63rd Street.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed.


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