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Friday, January 20, 2006

Unionization Process Continues

The dancers at the Washington Ballet have continued to move forward in pursuit of their first AGMA contracts. This week they sent a letter to the companies board of directors, as reported at Backstage.com it read,

"The Washington Ballet will exist as an AGMA signatory with a collective bargaining agreement that protects the core needs of the dancers and of the company, or it will not exist at all,"

The letters challenge to both the board and artistic administration makes the volatility of the situation clear. However, I suspect in the future, the dancers may choose to show more caution in their deliverance of ultimatums. There has always been a healthy demand for strong and qualified leadership in the ballet world. And like it or not, there has always been a wealth of qualified dancers for those leaders to draw from.

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