For more advice, contact the American Guild of Musical Artists
. James Fayette, a former New York City Ballet principal and the union's New York area dance representative, can answer questions if you e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to James Fayette, New York--area dance executive for the American Guild of Musical Artists
, the best approach is to send an open letter to the artistic director and the board expressing all of the dancers' concerns.
The management of the Washington Ballet has again locked horns with its dancers and their union, the American Guild of Musical Artists
, over collective bargaining issues.
(See American Guild of Musical Artists
' website for pay levels of their member dance companies at www.musicalartists.org.) Dancers may occasionally enter at a higher rank.
Last September 1, the American Guild of Musical Artists
enacted revisions to the coverage guaranteed by its Health Fund Plan A, which serves 750 union members.
James Fayette, the New York area dance executive far the American Guild of Musical Artists
(AGMA), explains, "If you get hurt and you're still dancing, they [the Workers' Compensation Board] ask you to file a claim so that there is a history of the injury.
The National Labor Relations Board has notified Ballet West that the charge filed against the company by the American Guild of Musical Artists
has been withdrawn ...