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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lockouts Top the Charts on Union Busting Bosses' Hit Parade

New York City Opera Locks Out Performers


The lockout forced the cancellation of rehearsals for Verdi's "La Traviata," which was due to start a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 12.

Alan Gordon, national executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists which represents many of the chorus members, singers and stage directors, told the New York Post, "I don't see how that performance can still happen."

Contract talks between the opera, the AGMA and the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the orchestra, broke down on Saturday.

The move comes after management announced in May that the group would be moving its performances from the Lincoln Center, where it had been based since 1966.

Among the sticking points is management's push to do away with salaries for orchestra and chorus, a move union leaders say will reduce them to freelance status.

The unions say that would cut wages from about $40,000 for orchestra members and singers down to approximately $4,000.

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