Chicago's Joffrey Ballet is planning to lock out its dancers this week over labor negotiations.
Joffrey sent a letter to its dancers telling them to clean out their
lockers and turn in their keys by Thursday. Contract negotiations
started in January, and the contract with the American Guild of Musical
Artists expired last week.
Executive Director Christopher Clinton
Conway said the company's had difficulty getting response from the union
representative. He said the company will have to start cancelling
performances if there's no progress by the end of the month, though he
"The largest point still under negotiation is
the move by Joffrey to a 30-hour rehearsal week, which is the minimum
level that any other major dance company actually in the world, any AGMA
company in America, currently offers," he said, adding that the
Joffrey's current 25-hour rehearsal week gets in the way of attracting
choreographers and dance professionals.
The union, AGMA, could not immediately be reached for comment.
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