SF Ballet Files ULPs Against Management: Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times writes that this past Monday, members of the San Francisco Ballet’s union filed unfair labor practice charges against management officials in the midst of tense contract negotiations. Absent an agreement by 5:00pm today, the Ballet will likely cancel a planned tour of New York City. The dancers’ contract expired June 30 and talks have been acrimonious thus far. While a deal occurring prior to tonight’s deadline appears unlikely, we will make sure to keep you posted as this dispute moves toward a resolution.
Parties Far Apart in BART Talks: NBC-Bay-Area reports that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) authority will shut down in eight days unless management officials and employees can reach an agreement regarding a new labor contract. BART workers have stated repeatedly that they are ready and willing to go on a second strike at the end of Governor Jerry Brown’s mandated "cooling-off" period, which is set to expire on October 11. Unfortunately for Bay Area commuters, talks have shown little sign of progress. A staggering 400,000 daily BART riders will be stranded if the strike action goes through. We will keep you posted as the deadline looms larger by the day.
Carnegie Hall Cancels Opening Night Due To Labor Strike: NY1 reports that stagehands working at Carnegie Hall have gone on strike, forcing the storied venue to cancel its opening-night performances. The employees, represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (the Union), are demanding jurisdiction over the hall’s new "Education Wing." The Union, in turn, stated that Carnegie Hall management has not acknowledged the work they have performed and thus a strike has become necessary to "protect its membership."