Big Bird Remains Union

December 11, 2015

I’m pleased to announce there is a new agreement with Sesame Workshop.

Earlier this year, Sesame Workshop announced a partnership with HBO bringing first-run episodes of Sesame Street exclusively to HBO for the next five years. After nine months of appearing only on HBO, shows will then air on PBS.

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This new HBO deal caused some trepidation as negotiations began. For some years, musicians navigated relations with the non-profit Sesame Workshop rather than a huge multinational media conglomerate.

We remained steadfast throughout negotiations and reached a better contract than we ever have. The nine-member Sesame Street band will see increases in wages, healthcare contributions and pension contributions.

Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President