Saturday, July 17, 2010

In Texas, More Orchestra Labor Trouble

The Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Texas has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the musicians' union, which put the band on its unfair list.

As Scott Cantrell reported last week, the orchestra has missed payments to musicians in the past and is trying to get them to sign a contract without union representation. That was the last straw for American Federation of Musicians local president, Ray Hair.

Being on the unfair list means that AFM musicians can face huge fines for doing work for the orchestra. The orchestra, led by executive director George Landis, is complaining that the AFM is acting arbitrarily and with malice by penalizing players and their organization.