union/radio city was Re: [Trombone-l] No Bands
Dansatt at aol.com
Dansatt at aol.com
Tue Nov 29 18:31:53 CST 2005
In a message dated 11/29/2005 6:06:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
jeff at jeffalbert.com writes:
I don't know the inside of the situation, but I do know some
dislocated New Orleans musicians that were approached about the gig
before it became very public. There are always 2 sides to every
story. The side that was presented to them (the NO cats) was that
the NY musicians that had a tenured 10 week a year gig, many of whom
were making $40k in those 10 weeks) were looking for concessions like
getting paid even when they subbed out. Now, like I said this is all
hearsay, and it came from the management side so take it with an ex-
lax or grain of salt or whatever.
Yes, some of the people in the orchestra make (made) a good deal of money
for 10 weeks work. You have to realize, however, that during those 10 weeks,
there are well over 200 shows to play. In the weeks before and right after
Christmas, there are around 32 shows in one week, with as many as six 90
minute shows A DAY. It's an absolutely brutal job as far as playing gigs go, and
the members of the orchestra earn every penny that they make. I was never a
member of the orchestra, but before moving to Florida, I was a frequent sub.
It's a really nice group of people, and it's the sense of family there that
keeps most of the people doing the gig. I can guarantee you that nobody was
looking to get paid when they subbed out. While I don't know the exact
details of the settlement, I do know that the musicians will now have to
reaudition periodically to keep their jobs (try telling that to any group of tenured
symphony musicians), the orchestra size will be reduced from a mind boggling
35 members to 25 over the next couple of years, and "overtime" will be
severely limited, eliminating a pay system that has worked just fine for years and
years. Now instead of making the premium for the third show and beyond in a
day, musicians will not make the premium until their 13th show of a week.
Subs will not be allowed to play more than 12 shows in a week, thus eliminating
any premium pay at all for them. All this after the Christmas Show grossed
somewhere around (in Dr. Evil's voice) 100 MILLION DOLLARS last season.
Those damned greedy musicians!
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