We Are the Professionals

We were saddened to learn that Charles Werner, one of the founders of the law firm that represented Local 2-197 for many years passed away Saturday morning surrounded by his loving family. Charles had recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Charles spent decades in the trenches with union clients fighting the battles of Organized Labor, and had served in a number of leadership positions over the years including University City Councilman, Chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association, and President of Shaare Emeth Congregation. Charles will be deeply missed by all of the people whose lives he touched over these many years.

Manuel Ramos and Vera Parkin will play pre-service music from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and Loretta Haggard will play post-service music immediately following the service.

Services: Memorial Service Sunday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road with reception to follow.

No visitation prior to Memorial Service. Private interment.

Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for details.

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Local 2-197 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The International AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 2-197 represents the finest professional musicians in eastern Missouri. AFM members, who number over 90,000, perform all styles of music—alternative rock, classical, pop, gospel, jazz, country, folk, rock, big band, reggae, contemporary Christian, etc.. With such active members as Bruce Springsteen, Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, and Branford Marsalis, there is a strong representation of major recording individuals and groups.

The AFM has been promoting and protecting professional musicians for over 150 years. Local 2-197 has been serving the St. Louis area musicians since 1862 and continues to be an effective advocate for musicians’ rights in the workplace (be that a nightclub, a symphony stage, in a recording studio, or on tour). The AFM and Local 2-197 protect the recorded works musicians produce from being exploited, and protect our members’ live performances by providing several types of benefit programs that help them to build successful careers.