Although it feels like it has been flying under the radar a bit in light of events in Indianapolis and Atlanta, events in San Antonio reached a new level on 9/4/2012 when the musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) issued a press statement to announce they filed an NLRB charge against the SAS for “unilaterally chang[ing] wages, hours, and conditions of employment of employees employed in a bargaining unit for which the charging party is the exclusive representative; and failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the charging party.”
The SAS situation is intriguing in that it is the polar opposite of what’s been unfolding in Indianapolis where the board of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been launching PR salvos at musicians claiming they have been unwilling to negotiate within a reasonable time frame.
If you’re interested in listening in on a closed door style conversation about the state of the field within the context of current labor disputes, then you’re in luck as Texas Public Radio (TPR) published an uncharacteristically casual and frank conversation I had with host John Clare on 9/5/2012. Although it was most certainly an interview recorded for the purpose of broadcasting, it comes across much more like a casual yet earnest conversation that just so happened to get recorded. The material was recorded on Labor Day, Monday 9/3/2012 so don’t forget that everything in Atlanta and Indianapolis had yet to explode.
My thanks to John Clare and TPR for providing such a luxurious amount of time to really dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly going on right now. There are two segments, one at the top of the page and the remaining interview is available at the end. If a Good Samaritan reader out there has the time and is so inclined to put together a transcription of the conversation, please let me know and I’ll be happy to give you loads of credit and you can plug whatever you like.