AGMA To File Unfair Labor Charge Against City Opera

Monday, May 23, 2011

The American Guild of Musical Artists said it would consider filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against New York City Opera after that company's board voted on Friday to cut staff and move from Lincoln Center.

“AGMA and City Opera are obligated by law to bargain with each other, and AGMA has consistently been attempting to do that and will continue to try,” the union said in a statement. “But to protect our members we’ve also instructed our lawyers to file unfair labor practices against NYCO because its refusing to talk about when, where, how work will be done; refusing to negotiate with regard to continuing terms from the expired contract; refusing to disclose financial data, all constitute illegal bad faith bargaining.”

Alan Gordon, the union’s National Executive Director said Saturday that AGMA will also consider seeking an injunction preventing the production company from continuing to use the name New York City Opera.

On Friday, the board voted to leave the Lincoln Center, cut staff across the board and scale back its performance schedule. The opera's general manager, George Steel, says the changes are necessary to keep the opera afloat and build "a foundation for sustainable growth."

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Carrie from New York

George (Steele),
Don't you realize the people in the "opera of the people" do not want to be fed Milaud, Ligeti, and modern operas that don't particularly fill the soul like Carmen, Boheme, Macbeth, etc. and will tolerate occasional "creations" but not be fed a steady diet of them. Is your vanity that strong that you will risk the NYCO's demise? Give us what we want or we won't come. (In case you haven't noticed...we're not coming.)

May. 25 2011 04:02 PM

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