by John Stoehr
Drew McManus received word this morning that the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are filing a claim with the National Labor Relations Board that the orchestra's administration (including its director and board) locked out the musicians illegally.
The press release, written by an attorney for the American Federation of Musicians Local 444, claims that the lock out, put in effect on Nov. 13 by the JSO's administration, violates the law which makes clear that parties in labor negotiations "refrain from striking or locking out until 60 days have passed after the service of notice."
Here's the press 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 have 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.
For further information, contact Attorney for American Federation of Musicians Local 444.