Negotiations Roundup

Volume CV, No. 11November, 2005

Chinese-American Arts Council. On Sept. 18, the Chinese-American Arts Council was scheduled to perform an opera at Alice Tully Hall with nearly 80 nonunion musicians. Four days before, Local 802 received an anonymous tip from musicians who had been hired. Concert Representative Jacob Heyman-Kantor and former Organizing Director Joe Eisman showed up at the next rehearsal unannounced. They talked to musicians about the importance of a union contract and then approached the contractor to demand scale. The contractor claimed that the employer was in China and could not afford to pay benefits, but on the day of the performance, under the threat of a strike, the contractor reversed his position, signed a union contract, increased the wages and signed off on significant pension payments.