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Discussion in 'Union or Not?' started by SOTSDO, Nov 9, 2012.

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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    • Minneapolis/Saint Paul musicians locked out

    • Atlanta Symphony accepts large concessions

    • Indianapolis Symphony musicians locked out

    • Jacksonville Symphony at impasse; musicians file unfair labor charge with the NLRB

    All from this month's issue of the International Musician.
     
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    The Seattle Symphony and Opera musicians, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera announced Friday that they've agreed to extend the current contract through January 31, 2013, to allow more time for negotiation. Read more...
     
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    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/di...(News+&+Features+from+Minnesota+Public+Radio)
     
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    H'mmm....

    One less trumpet player in the world...is that a bad thing or a good thing?

    The national union rep who handles the symphonic end of things made some excellent points in an article in the issue. Symphonies across the nation are investing massive amounts of money in new concert venues, or spending buckets of money to hire "name" conductors, while at the same time they are gutting the compensation and benefits.

    (Detroit spent big money to hire Leonard Slatkin away from his previous berth - I wonder if he will start dissing Washington like he did to Saint Louis after the Nat hired him away from the Gateway City? I'm biased against the guy, dating back to when he was an assistant with Saint Louis, tasked (in part) with liaison work with local community orchestras - what a prick was that man.)

    The point about one of them having huge numbers of administrative staff while cutting back in numbers of musicians and length of season is a huge one, but new halls build prestige. Who cares about the back four desks of violins?

    (I also suspect a slight element of racism here. String sections of major orchestras are becoming more and more made up of persons of Chinese extraction, so most laid off are of this cohort, who do not have native "supporters". (Woodwind and brass sections are usually not cut.))
     

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