Baltimore Symphony Musicians Lockout

An update from our affiliate, AFM 40-543...........................................................

Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, June 28
7:30 - 10:30 in the morning ONLY
No afternoon or evening shifts
 
Picketing in July will be done on an as-needed basis.
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HISTORY:
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On Monday, June 17, ICSOM leadership put out a Call to Action to sound the alarm about this lockout.
In addition, at last week’s triennial international convention of the American Federation of Musicians that took place at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas, delegates pledged contributions large and small to financially assist both the Baltimore Symphony Musicians and The Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543. We believe the contributions tally close to $100,000!
Delegates also unanimously adopted the following Emergency Resolution:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 EMERGENCY RESOLUTION 1 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Lockout

WHEREAS, The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are represented by Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians; and

WHEREAS, On June 17, 2019, the management of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra locked out its musicians, cutting off their salaries and benefits; and

WHEREAS, There is no justification for management’s action, which is a disgraceful attempt to balance the orchestra’s books on the backs of its musicians; and

WHEREAS, A lockout is among the vilest labor tactics that orchestra managements can employ; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the delegates to the 101st AFM Convention condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of the management of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and call on said management to immediately end the lockout, restore musician salaries and benefits retroactively to June 17, 2019, and return to the table to bargain in good faith for a fair agreement.

Submitted by ICSOM - ROPA - OCSM 

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On June 23, we received the following message from our colleagues in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. We want to thank them for their support and share their sentiment with you.
The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in solidarity with our Baltimore colleagues, have sent $10,000 to contribute to their cause.
 
It has been suggested by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra CEO Peter Kjome that several orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, have stabilized their financial situations by making cuts to the length of their seasons.
 
At best, Mr. Kjome has not done his homework; at worst, his comments are deliberately misleading.
 
Suggesting that an organization whose primary mission is to perform for and be accessible to its community can better serve those goals by performing fewer concerts is contrary to common sense
 
The notion that individual donors, foundations, and government are willing to provide more support for an orchestra because it is doing less defies logic. 
 
And the idea that musicians - who practice and stay in musical shape year-round regardless of an orchestra's season length - would prefer to join or stay in an environment where their efforts are only valued for part of the year doesn't add up. 
 
The DSO's financial footing has dramatically improved since a painful strike that ended in 2011 with several factors playing a major role in that turnaround. Significant structural changes to staff, board and development efforts took place, and more importantly, the DSO prioritized transparency and built trust: musicians are in the room for nearly every meaningful discussion about the orchestra's future and have access to the organization's complete financial picture, something that is not the case in Baltimore.
 
At the DSO, significant and necessary changes to organizational culture have made it possible to thrive in spite of a shortened season rather than because of it as Mr. Kjome has erroneously suggested. We hope to see similar changes in Baltimore before the current BSO administration does irreparable harm to one of Baltimore's great assets.
 
Monica Fosnaugh, Detroit Symphony ICSOM Delegate, and the DSO Orchestra Committee