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Local 15 was chartered in 1896 and Local 286 was chartered in 1924. The two Toledo area Locals, separated by race, were merged in 1969. The Certificate of Affiliation (Charter) for Local 15-286 was granted to Local 15 representatives Steve Charomia, C. A. Perkins, Paul Gallagher, and John Knorr, as well as Local 286 representatives Velmer Mason, Paul Stewart, Charles McDaniel, and Ray Montgomery.
The objectives and the purposes of the Local Union shall be to unite the professional musicians within its juristiction who are eligible for membership without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, to advance the mutual interests and unite the instrumental and vocal portion of the musical profession for the better protection of its members, in general, to enforce good faith and fair dealing between its members, to facilitate speedy adjustment of business disputes, to further the spirit of unionism, to promote and further the social improvement and general welfare of its members and to organize the unorganized professional musicians in its jurisdiction and provide services to such organized professional musicians.