I’ve been combing through the 2015 reader surveys and one response to the question “Which topics you would like to see covered?” caught my attention; specifically, the reader wanted to know about how the bargaining process actually worked. The reader indicated a level of frustration with traditional media coverage in that it doesn’t describe what actually happens during negotiations.
Fortunately, the negotiation process was one of the very first topics covered at length here at Adaptistration back in 2004 via a quartet of articles. They are all just as timely now as they were a decade ago although the installment covering how the actual bargaining process works was updated in 2010 with an improved flowchart.
That article is a good place to begin if you’re looking for info on the step by step process and potential outcomes from a successful or unsuccessful ratification process.
As such, if you’re looking for a boat load of knowledge about a crucial element within the orchestra field and love the rush that follows a streamlined data intake, this is going to make your day.
Here’s the complete set:
The first step at better understanding how your local orchestra functions as an organization is to understand the basic principles behind the document that deals with nearly every facet of its operations: the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Say, why do orchestra musicians bother being part of an organized labor union?
The manner in which contract negotiations have developed over the past 50 years has been fast and furious. Even the term “traditional bargaining” is in itself, not very accurate since it’s only been used for the past 40 years or so.
Board, administrative, and musician stakeholders all influence the process in different fashion.
Feel free to send along any questions about any item in the above articles.