Local Requests FGO Be Placed on AFM Unfair List
Local 655 of the AFM is involved in a primary labor dispute with the Florida Grand Opera. An overwhelming majority of musicians performing for Florida Grand Opera have signed representation cards requesting to be represented by Local 655 in collective bargaining with the Opera. The Opera refuses to recognize Local 655 as the musicians' bargaining agent. Additionally, the Opera refuses to recognize the musicians as employees of the Opera, stating that they are instead Independent Contractors. The Opera has also has also begun harassing the musicians and the Local by threatening to file lawsuits, including a lawsuit that attempts to prevent the musicians from referring to the Opera by name on their website and handbills, violating the musicians’ First Amendment and National Labor Relations Act rights.