The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is pleased to announce that the dancers of Ballet Memphis have voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionizing with AGMA, the labor union of the finest dancers, singers, and staging staff in dance, opera, and concert choral performance throughout the United States.
The National Labor Relations Board election was held on Friday, January 13, following a lengthy union-busting campaign by the employer. Given the results, Ballet Memphis management has recognized AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the dancers.
“Congratulations to the dancers of Ballet Memphis for winning their Union. What a tremendous victory!” said Sam Wheeler, AGMA’s National Executive Director. “The nationwide wave of union organizing continues and these dancers join AGMA during an exhilarating time for the Union. We know they will feel protected and at home here. We look forward to a positive collaborative bargaining process with the management of Ballet Memphis.”
Negotiations for a first contract are expected to commence shortly. Ballet Memphis’ upcoming productions include Winter Mix: Love Songs/Love Stories and Cinderella.
Please join us in welcoming the dancers of Ballet Memphis into the AGMA community!