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American Guild Of Musical Artists And Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Reach Tentative Agreement On New Contract For Chicago Symphony Chorus

Published November 7, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

CHICAGO — The members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract. The agreement is pending ratification by AGMA, as well as the CSOA Board of Trustees, and will be effective retroactive to September 11, 2019. Details of the agreement will be released once it is ratified by both parties. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association American Guild of Musical Artists For full joint statement: Chicago TribuneMSN ... Read More -->

AGMA Board Ratified Arizona Opera’s Collective Bargaining Agreement

Published November 4, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

At The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Board of Governors meeting on October 14, 2019, the Board ratified Arizona Opera’s most recent collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement provides for a raise of 10.3% over three years and increases benefits related to family care, which includes time to care for spouses, domestic partners, children, siblings and grandparents, in addition to other economic and non-economic improvements. “Our goal in this negotiation was focused on improving certain quality of life issues, since our members live and perform in two cities (Phoenix and Tucson). The improvements in scheduling and accommodations, as well as a raise, will make a real difference for us,” said John Kraft, a member of... Read More -->

Plácido Domingo Investigation Update

Published October 2, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced that the union had retained an independent investigator to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Plácido Domingo.  In addition to interviewing our members, we hope to identify any systemic failures within the opera industry which may have allowed the alleged conduct to continue for decades. Today, AGMA learned that Mr. Domingo has resigned as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera.   AGMA's independent investigation will continue despite Mr. Domingo's resignation. "Our internal investigation has never been just about allegations against one individual," said AGMA National Director Len Egert. "AGMA is committed to confronting systemic proble... Read More -->

Update on AGMA’s Anti-Harassment Efforts

Published September 24, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s internal investigation regarding the allegations of harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo is underway and ongoing.  We anticipate that the investigation will take ​two to three months to conduct and we cannot comment on specifics. ​In the past few weeks, AGMA has reached out to our members across the country about issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  AGMA has been in regular communication with artists and union leaders at affected locations, including Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.  We have encouraged our members to come to the union as a resource to redress and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. For example, AGMA members at the Los Angeles Opera... Read More -->

Congratulations to Barbara Donner – 2019 Recipient of the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award

Published September 19, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA would like to congratulate Barbara Donner, a Stage Manager at Los Angeles Opera, on being one of four recipients of the 2019 Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.  This is a huge honor for any Stage Manager, and especially for someone involved in opera.  The Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Art of Stage Management is regarded throughout the theatrical community as a crowning achievement for a stage manager’s career.  Instituted in 1986, the awards were named for Del Hughes, who had an illustrious career as a Broadway and television stage manager as well as a TV director from 1933 to the 1970s.  Barbara Donner is a highly respected Stage Manager, with 85 production credits at Los Angele... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies First Contract with Music at Westwood

Published September 18, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new contract will cover professional singers performing at concerts at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and will be effective immediately. Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) announced today that the union has ratified a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the principal singers of Music at Westwood of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.  The Church presents to the public four concerts a year of both secular and liturgical music (see https://www.westwoodpres.org/worship-music/music-at-westwood).   The new three-year agreement, the first of its kind for AGMA-covered artists, establishes market rates for concert work with significant raises over ... Read More -->

Reporting Harassment to AGMA

Published September 13, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced the opening of an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Placido Domingo.   This investigation is on-going, and AGMA encourages any members who may have information relevant to this investigation to contact AGMA Eastern Counsel Wendy LaManque at wlamanque@musicalartists.org, to be put in touch with Mr. Maffeo’s office.  Members may also contact Mr. Maffeo directly at JBMaffeo@cozen.com or by calling 212-883-4951. As a reminder, AGMA members who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace have the following options for reporting to the union: by speaking to their delegate, contacting their designated... Read More -->

AGMA Opens Independent Investigation Into Allegations Against Plácido Domingo

Published September 6, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor to conduct the Union's investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. Today the American Guild of Musical Artists (“AGMA”) opened its own independent investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct the Union’s internal investigation. Mr. Maffeo has extensive experience conducting similar investigations on behalf of labor unions. This week the Associated Press published new disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Mr. Domingo. In the wak... Read More -->

National Office Closure in Observation of Labor Day

Published August 30, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Labor Day, AGMA's National Office will close on Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET, reopening on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. Labor Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who fought for the workplace protections we take for granted today, to celebrate all that we have achieved together as AGMA members, and to get energized for the work still to be done. Thank you for the work that you do as AGMA Artists and union members. We hope that you have a safe, restful, and happy holiday! #WeAreAGMA ... Read More -->

A Labor Day Message from AGMA President Ray Menard

Published August 29, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists, Every year on the first Monday of September, our nation takes one day at the end of summer to celebrate the American labor movement and all that it has achieved for our country’s workers. Labor Day is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the brave men and women who fought and died to secure the basic workplace protections we take for granted today. Our work as AGMA members is a continuation of their legacy as we fight to ensure that all AGMA Artists have dignity, safety, and opportunity on every stage and in every rehearsal hall across the country. The holiday is also a time to celebrate all that we have achieved together. Across the United States our Brothers and Sisters have joined together to win the bett... Read More -->