• Call to Action on Independent Contractor Issue

    by  • July 18, 2010 • Calls to Action, News

    Globe Editorial & Call to Action on Independent Contractor Issue

    Artists Under the Dome

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    7/17/10

    Greetings All,

    The end of the Legislative session is July 31st. There is a very short time frame to pass corrective legislation to fix the unintended consequences from the 2004 Independent Contractor law impacting freelancers and artists of all disciplines.

    (7/17/10) Saturday’s Boston Globe Editorial is a great call to action:

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2010/07/17/amend_law_to_aid_freelancers/

    Please take the time to contact the Governor, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House and your state representative and state senator on this issue. I would say to email them over the weekend if you can and to call them on Monday/Tuesday.

    Link to background information on the issue, key talking points, example text, how to contact the key MA elected officials, and more:

    http://www.artistsunderthedome.org/MAindependent_contractor.html

    It is important to stress the following: HB4748 needs to be amended to fix the issues impacting freelancers and artists of all disciplines and it needs to be done this legislative session. Urge them to work with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition to craft corrective legislative language (note MALC already gave legislative language options that would fix the issue!).

    Please also forward this call to action to as many MA residents as you can. We need to keep the pressure on.

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen Bitetti

    Artist
    Co-founder of www.artistsunderthedome.org
    Co-founder of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition

    PS: Please help us build our listserv- ask other artists of all disciplines and those who care about us to join the artistsunderthedome.org’s listserve!
    http://www.artistsunderthedome.org/contact.html


    About

    Don Schaefer is a MALC steering committee member who works with many artist-related issues. He is co-administrator of Pro-Imaging.org and Campaign Director for Artists-Bill-of-Rights.org.

    http://artists-bill-of-rights.org