Monday, September 24, 2012

Support the Union Musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Friends,
Many of you know that the 95 union musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players' Association, have been locked out by the ASO management and Woodruff Arts Center management.  Although the musicians have offered many concessions, management wants more and has even cut off the musicians' health insurance!  The first concert is scheduled for October 4, so this coming week will be crucial.   

You can find out many details on the Players’ Association web site www.ATLSymphonyMusicians.com .  A few facts and ways we can help--pasted below—were taken directly from the web site.

Facts:
  • As of August 26th, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have been without any pay or benefits, also known as being locked out.
  • On August 31, health, dental, and disability insurance policies for all musicians, several of whom are battling cancer and other debilitating health crises, have also been cancelled by the Woodruff Arts Center as threatened.
  • Musicians have offered $4 million in concessions over two years and to contribute more for their health insurance, but the ASO management wants more.
  • The musicians point out that between 2006 and 2012, ASO staff compensation increased 49.5% while musicians’ compensation increased 16% (inflation was 14% between 2006 and 2012).
How we can help:  Email and/or phone those in charge! And send a letter-to-the-editor to the newspapers suggested below.  The musicians also say they will appreciate our sending a copy of our correspondence to them at ATLSymphonyMusicians@gmail.com   

Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D.,
President
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Jim Abrahamson
Chair of the ASO Board
Jim.Abrahamson@interstatehotels.com

Virginia Hepner (write emails to the WAC Executive Board to her)
President & CEO
Woodruff Arts Center
Virginia.Hepner@woodruffcenter.org

Larry Gellerstedt, III
Chair of Executive Board of Woodruff Arts Center

Howard Feinsand
Finance Chair

To submit a letter to the editor of the AJC:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/opinion/letters-editor/nRBGw/

Creative Loafing:
letters.atl@creativeloafing.com

Atlanta Business Chronicle, click on the contact the editor tab to submit:
 

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/about-us/contact/