We are excited to welcome two new additions to AGMA’s senior staff team - Allison Beck and Hope Singer (see full biographies below).
Beginning October 1, 2018, Allison Beck will become Mid-Atlantic Counsel, representing AGMA members in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other southeast areas. Hope Singer officially will become West Coast Counsel, representing AGMA members in the Southern California Area as well as part of our Northwest Area.
“I am delighted to welcome these two highly credentialed labor attorneys who bring a wealth of experience to AGMA. Both will ensure that our union continues to provide exceptional member services by forcefully advocating on behalf of artists in opera, dance and choral fields.” stated Leonard Egert, AGMA’s National Executive Director.
About Allison Beck:
Allison Beck is an experienced labor lawyer, mediator, and labor-management relations strategist. She served in the Obama Administration as Director and Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). At FMCS, Allison mediated and managed high-profile collective bargaining disputes across a variety of industries and occupations, including symphonic music and opera, and advocated for effective labor-management relationships and joint problem solving. Prior to her most recent government service, she served for twenty years as General Counsel for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO (IAM). As General Counsel, Allison supervised the legal affairs of a large, international labor union, became well-versed in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination and harassment, and litigated cases in federal courts and government labor relations agencies. Allison began her legal career as an appeals court attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and, while attending law school at night, served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Labor Committee. When not representing workers and the collective bargaining process, Allison is a devoted adult student at the Washington Ballet!
About Hope Singer:
Hope Singer has practiced Union-side labor law for over thirty-one years at the firm now known as Bush Gottlieb. As a partner in the firm for the last twenty-six years she has represented Unions and their members in both the private and the public sectors and in a variety of industries from Entertainment to Education to Construction, representing her clients in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and before dozens of arbitrators. She has been an active member of the AFL-CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee and served on its Board of Directors. She previously served as the Union Co-Chair of the Committee on Practice & Procedure Before the NLRB of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and currently serves as a Union representative on the Section Counsel, which is the governing board of the Section. Hope has a developed and presented Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination training materials and has provided that service to the Firm's clients for the last ten years. Before entering private practice Hope worked as a Field Attorney for the NLRB in both Newark NJ and Los Angeles, CA. where she investigated and prosecuted dozens of unfair labor practices.