BSO management says they’re broke, but the musicians have agreed to millions in givebacks over the years and say the orchestra is a victim of chronic mismanagement.
The BSO musicians are members of Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians, and say they’ll continue to fight to preserve the world-class orchestra “that has been built over the last 103 years and to sustain it into the next century.”
On today’s labor calendar, follow BaltimoreSymphonyMusicians on Facebook for the latest details on their daily picket line outside the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
And at 6 tonight, catch a free performance of the Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble at the Takoma Busboys and Poets, part of the DC LaborFest’s monthly Bread and Roses series.
Complete details, as always, on our website, dclabor.org. click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1941, union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph and others met with President Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt ordered that the industries desegregate.
Today’s labor quote is by A. Philip Randolph, who said:
“Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.”
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