Organizer Paul Bigman grew up with music in his home with parents who met through folk dance and music. He studied clarinet and piano as an adolescent, playing first clarinet in his high school orchestra and concert band. Following work as a community organizer, he has been active in the labor movement for 40 years, including 30 years as a full-time organizer and union rep. He's worked with a variety of unions throughout the country, including clothing and textile; retail, wholesale and department store; electrical workers; newspaper workers, as the first-ever staff person for the union representing workers at the Wall Street Journal and Baron's; west coast longshore workers; office and professional employees; and, most recently, the western Washington stagehand local (IATSE). In Seattle, he's also been active as an officer and staff organizer for Jobs with Justice, as well as with the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council, the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.

Contact Paul Bigman or call 206-441-7600

Our Labor Organizing Department offers assistance in coordinating union campaigns and recruitment programs.

Local 76-493 supports other unions, the M. L. King County Labor Council and works with community and organizations and coalitions.

Organizing Goals:

  • Organize musicians to achieve union recognition and work under collective bargaining agreements
  • Develop a “culture of organizing” that promotes organizing and collective action as the foundation for building a strong union
  • Expand recruitment efforts and membership retention
  • Offer training and education to members about unionism primarily through the organizing experience
  • Improving solidarity with organized labor and actively participating in the revitalization of the labor movement
  • Develop contacts with community based organizations, and working in labor/community coalitions 

Useful links for musicians interested in organizing:



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