"Recording artists sign these contracts in good faith fully intending to honor them. But the record companies know from experience that it is highly unlikely artists will be able to fulfill their requirements due to the demands they place on the artists, including touring, video shoots and other marketing chores," said Dexter Holland, lead singer of Offspring. "The labor code which exempts artists from the 7-year rule must be repealed to level the playing field and make it fair for everyone."
As unions represented by the Department for Professional Employees, AFTRA and the AFM were instrumental in soliciting the support of the Department and its 21 affiliated unions representing 4 million workers. These unions are: Actors Equity, American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of School Administrators, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers, AFTRA, American Guild of Musical Artists, Communications Workers of America, Federation of Professional Athletes, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Office and Professional Employees International Union, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Screen Actors Guild, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Seafarers International Union of North America, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Steel Workers of America and Writers Guild of America, East.
The Recording Artists Coalition's on-going purpose is to form a non-partisan coalition to represent the interests of recording artists in legislative issues where corporate and artists' interests conflict and address other public policy debates that come before the music industry.