Lancaster Symphony musicians vote to unionize

Posted on: March 2, 2012

In Friday’s (3/2) Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Tim Mekeel writes, “Lancaster Symphony Orchestra musicians have voted in favor of unionizing, capping a five-year effort, it was announced Thursday. The vote was 50-34, according to an official with the Philadelphia regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. With that result, the musicians will be represented by Local 294 of the American Federation of Musicians. … Scott Robinson, symphony president and chief executive officer, said, ‘We’ll notify the board, and we’ll evaluate our next steps.’ Symphony attorney Dave Keller declined to comment at this time, saying he’d need to meet with the symphony management and board first. Symphony management has one week to file objections to the election, if it believes there was conduct that affected the results. Assuming Thursday’s tally gets NLRB-certified, Local 294 next will contact symphony management to start negotiations on a labor contract. … Symphony management opposed the effort, arguing that the musicians already were treated well. Management also maintained that the musicians were independent contractors, not employees.”

Posted March 2, 2012