FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Musicians of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic held an informational picket from on Friday, at the Parkview Field plaza on East Jefferson and Webster in downtown Fort Wayne.
The informational picket is in response to Philharmonic management’s hiring outside performing artists while musicians of the orchestra remain unpaid, the press release said.
After months of dispute, a charge against the Fort Wayne Philharmonic was dropped in January and musicians with the Philharmonic say they are planning to appeal the dismissal. Also, the National Labor Relations Board has agreed to hear a formal complaint against the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. A trial is scheduled on June 2.
The Philharmonic said it faces a $2 million loss due to the pandemic and had to furlough most of its musicians. However, the musicians say the July furloughs were illegal and the organization is not hurting for money.