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Locals 9-535 and 216 Organize Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Musicians’ Association (BMA), Local 9-535, and the Professional Musicians of the South Coast, Local 216 (Fall River, MA), have joined together to organize the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra as an AFM orchestra. In May 2019, musicians of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly in a Massachusetts Department of Labor election to recognize Local 9-535 as their bargaining agent in negotiations for a first contract. Because the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra has a smaller budget and would present some jurisdictional issues at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the BMA took the novel strategy of filing for recognition at the state department of labor instead.