Negotiation Update 2016

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Most professional orchestra collective bargaining agreements expire during the summer months and since the economic downturn, it is increasingly common to see groups continue negotiating past the current agreement’s expiration date. A decade ago, that used be cause for alarm but in today’s environment, it is practically standard operating procedure assuming groups don’t manage to wrap things up months in advance. Last season witnessed nearly a dozen middle to large budget …

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“Crudely Worded Criticism” Brings Court Case To A Close (for now)

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It has been just over eight months since we last examined the court battle between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and their former principal oboist, Pierre Roy. After losing an arbitration over his dismissal, Roy sought to overturn the decision in federal court but according to an article by Dan Herbeck in the 2/16/2016 edition of the The Buffalo News, the judge refused to overturn the decision.

How To Ruin Your Career in 10,000 Words Or Less or Why The Orchestra Field Needs To Take HR Seriously

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Social media is ablaze following an article by Charity Vogel and Patrick Lakamp in the 5/30/2015 edition of the Buffalo News that reports the ongoing drama between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and their former principal oboist Pierre Roy. It is far too long and convoluted to summarize details but in short, the entire mess is a representative example behind why this field needs to begin taking human resources practices seriously. …

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MN Orchestra Musicians Oppose State Marriage Amendment

It has been a long time since we examined issues related to same-sex and domestic partner relationships but a recent decision by the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (MMO) to formally oppose a Minnesota state amendment which would constitutionally limit marriage to opposite-sex couples is a good reason to revisit the topic.

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Domestic Partner Contract Language

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In the course of examining the settlement bulletin from the recent Dallas Symphony contract negotiation, I noticed that one of the additions to their contract language had to do with same-sex domestic partners, in particular here’s what was included:

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