A Call to All Musicians and Labor Supporters

September 30, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear colleagues,

Yesterday, The Madison Area Federation of Musicians, Local #166 AFM
gave notice to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra management that unless
accord is reached on key unresolved issues in the negotiations
relating to job security, attendance, and electronic media by 4PM CDT
on Wednesday, October 1st, a strike will be called for that evening at
7PM. The picketing location is in front of the Overture Center, at the
intersection of Dayton Street, Fairchild Street and State Street one
block directly west of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison,
Wisconsin.

The service scheduled for Wednesday night is a rehearsal, and if no
resolution is reached thereafter by Thursday or Friday, picketing will
also take place on Thursday at 7PM and Friday night (performance
night) at 8PM, same location.

We are still working with Federal Mediator Mike Salmon in an attempt
to resolve these key outstanding issues.

The Local and Committee would most cordially welcome anyone who may be
in region or elsewhere who would like to join us on the picket line on
either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Locally, we will be joined by
other Madison area union members who are members of the Central Labor
Council, members of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, the
Union of Teaching Assistants at the University of Wisconsin, other
supporters, among others.

Unfortunately, at this hour we cannot say for certain whether this
strike is a certainty or not; WE WILL SEND OUT AN EMAIL ALERT TOMORROW
WITH AS MUCH ADVANCE NOTICE AS POSSIBLE WHETHER OR NOT PICKETING WILL
BEGIN TOMORROW NIGHT.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we will keep you all posted
as soon as possible regarding picketing.

In Solidarity,

Nathan Kahn, Negotiator
Symphonic Services Division
American Federation of Musicians

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