The Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance in Delaware has performed The Nutcracker every Christmas season since 1967. This year the not-for-profit school has been forced to cut costs, which meant using non-union musicians for the first time. But the American Federation of Musicians Local 21 wasn’t going to just pack up its sugar plums and go away. Beth Moore, the academy’s president, explains:
The academy filed for a restraining order against the union to prevent it from harassing its musicians or disrupting the performance. William Berger, president of Local 21, said the complaint read like “a pity party” and complained, “They’ve got money for everything but musicians.”
By the strangest coincidence, soon after this story appeared in the Wilmington News Journal, the union settled its differences with the academy. Merry Christmas!