why WAC is stalling on mediation.
I'm somewhat reassured, by people who know the folks at the WAC, that the WAC's mediating group isn't organized enough -- or authorized, it seems -- to pull off some kind of negotiation magic without first harping about hurt feelings and ingratitude and, in a mystifying move, leaving the table.
But I think their lawyer, Tom Kilpatrick from Alston & Bird ('complex and class action employment litigation and traditional labor law') -- and who will be negotiating at the table next week -- has an end game here. He doesn't need the WAC to be organized. He just needs time.
The longer WAC prolongs mediation and defers resolution, the more players are forced to leave town for subs engagements or take permanent positions elsewhere. If we are not vocal in our protests --RIGHT NOW -- the WAC will soon have, through attrition, the freelance orchestra it wanted in the first place.
Between last season and this one, the ASO has lost 12 players -- due to retirement, deaths of two good friends, administrative leave, and a few leaving to take up permanent positions in new orchestras (one player left a principal position here to take up an associate principal position elsewhere!).
These 12 vacant positions
have not been filled!
Are we going to let the WAC and Tom Kilpatrick 'solve' its problem of 'downsizing' through stalling tactics, while more players are forced to leave?
We have to say 'NO MORE!'
Please read Jon Gunnemann's Open Letter to the ASO Board. Get the history, get the facts.
Read Mask of the Flower Prince most recent blog post for a thoughtful rebuttal of Virginia Hepner's public statements.
Please read the Message to the ASO Board from ATL Symphony Musicians for the latest update on the mediation progress (or lack of progress, in my opinion)
We must get the word out!
Please send letters to:
The National Labor Relations Board - Atlanta Office
Fulton County Commissioners
John Eaves email@example.com
Robb Pitts robb.pitts@FultonCountyGa
Liz Hausmann firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Darnell email@example.com
Bill Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Lowe email@example.com
Joan Garner firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Brian McGowan Executive VP & COO BMcGowan@macoc.com
Bari Love SVP Communications & Marketing email@example.com
Janice Rys SVP Membership & Development Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Kirkpatrick SVP Policy Innovation and Entrepreneurship email@example.com
Office of Mayor Kasim Reed
His Honor Kasim Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Torres Director Communication ATLMedia@atlantaga.gov
Camille Russell Love Executive Director Office of Cultural Affairs CRLove@atlantaga.gov
Lena Carstens Program Manager Arts in Education email@example.com
City of Atlanta Board of Ethics
The Board of Ethics has jurisdiction over the Standards of Conduct in the City's Code of Ordinance, which covers the following issues:
- Conflicts of interest
- Gratuities and gifts
- Travel, meals, and refreshments
- Use of city property
- Extra jobs and outside employment
- Doing business with the city
- Use of confidential information
- Representing private interests before city agencies
- Representing private interests in matters adverse to the city
- Financial disclosure
- One-year cooling off period
Please write to the Board members, to remind them that there won't be any of
or this: http://www.atlantasymphony.org/EducationAndCommunity/ForEducators.aspx
or this: http://www.atlantasymphony.org/EducationAndCommunity/ASYO.aspx
or this: http://www.atlantasymphony.org/EducationAndCommunity/Community.aspx
without their immediate help in urging the WAC to end the lockout. Please ask Board members to communicate with the Mayor's office ... ask them to please get in touch with APS music faculty, who are not currently able to schedule school trips to hear the orchestra as part of their yearly curriculum. Those seriously affected by the lockout are the children, who are without these vital programs offered by ASO musicians. There is no indication that WAC cares about these programs, or about the children bereft of them, enough to mediate fairly with the players. The damage WAC is doing to Atlanta Public Schools by its actions cannot be understated.
Courtney English Board Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Meister Vice Board chair email@example.com
Leslie Grant firstname.lastname@example.org
Byron D. Amos email@example.com
Matt Westmoreland firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Lee email@example.com
Eshe' P. Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Briscoe Brown email@example.com
Jason Esteves firstname.lastname@example.org
Donors (this list will be developed further and updated).
'Dear Mr. Anderson: Guess where all your millions of dollars went ...'
Richard Anderson, CEO Delta Airlines email@example.com
Most of all, write and send links to your friends, your colleagues.
When Tom Kilpatrick and the WAC team sit down to mediate next week, if the city of Atlanta movers and shakers -- and those most affected by the lockout -- were to make themselves heard, they will become partners in spirit with the ASOPA which will be working hard to Save The Symphony Atlanta over the next 4 days.
End the ASO Lockout!
Write Your Letters Today!