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Despite the common stereotype that unions only serve workers in manufacturing, construction and service industries, organized labor has a long history protecting the livelihoods of artists and performers. Jennifer Mondie, a veteran violist with the National Symphony Orchestra, puts it succintly: "There's no way I could be half the artist I am without the support of the union."
In the video above, Mondie explains how being a member of the American Federation of Musicians allows her to excel at her craft -- and she shares some beautiful music, as well.