According to a press release issued by the Musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, they have filed an unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board against the Jacksonville Symphony Association (JSA). The charge claims that the JSA unlawfully locked the musicians out…
The full press release reads as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jacksonville Symphony Association Charged With Illegal Lockout
The Negotiating Committee of the Jacksonville Symphony Players’ Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. They are alleging that the Jacksonville Symphony Association’s lockout is unlawful because the law requires the parties to refrain from striking or locking out until 60 days has passed after the service of notice. This lockout occurred prior to the expiration of the 60 day period.
In addition to requesting full back pay for any lost wages and benefits, the musicians have also asked the NLRB to seek an injunction directing the JSA to bring the orchestra back to work.
When asked whether or not the process used by the National Labor Relations Board to hear unfair labor practice charges could facilitate the musicians returning to work in time for First Coast Nutcracker performances, Leonard Leibowitz, JSO musicians’ legal counsel indicated that it was unlikely the process could meet that deadline.
There is no official response to the unfair labor practice charges from the JSA although a negotiations update on their website dated 12/1/2007 states:
“We remain hopeful that negotiations can resume promptly to reach an agreement in time for the Orchestra to perform for the Holiday season. At this time, no performances after December 2, 2007 have been cancelled.
Representatives from First Coast Nutcracker, Inc. have not returned repeated phone inquires about current or planned ticket policies. In a related matter, the 11/29/07 edition of the Florida Times-Union reports in an article by Roger Bull that JSO Executive Director Alan Hopper has indicated that although advertisements for the Nutcracker performances continue to indicate that live music will be provided during performances, they are “being rewritten to be more nebulous.”