Just in: Players in US orch vote to quit their unionmain
In an unusual move that may prove a sign of the times, players in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra have voted to leave Local 502 of the American Federation of Musicians. Only 76 of some 175 eligible musicians cast their vote and they decided by a 49-27 split to go it alone.
Trumpeter Michael Smith, who chairs the symphony’s Negotiating Committee, said: ‘For the health of our organization, it’s really important that the musicians have a collaborative working relationship with the board and management.’
The implications of the cessation could be considerable for orchs across the country where a tough economy may require unusual local concessions on both sides.