Union: Philadelphia Orchestra management 'stonewalling'

In advance of today's appearance of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and American Federation of Musicians in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the musicians' union has filed its response to the Association's objection to an in-depth probe of the orchestra's finances.

The Association is using "stonewall tactics," and has been "stringing along" the union in talks to define to scope of the probe, the response says.

Therefore, the union argues, the court should approve the look into the orchestra's finances, which would help determine whether the Association's claim that the endowments are restricted, and cannot be tapped, is in fact the case.

States the union's response:

"Despite the [union's] numerous and good faith attempts to negotiate a resolution to this matter, it now appears that [Association] had no interest in negotiating with the [union] and always intended to refuse to produce documents. Indeed, after multiple meet-and-confer conversations wherein the [union] offered temporal and scope restrictions (beyond what was required) in order to reach a deal, [the Association] flatly responded with an email that said in essence 'we don't think you're entitled to anything, we'll send you courtesy copies of what we send to other people and we'll let you know if we change our minds.'"

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