On February 24, Region 25 (Indianapolis) of the National Labor Relations Board issued a formal complaint against the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. It alleges that during the course of bargaining for a successor collective bargaining agreement, the Philharmonic failed and refused to bargain in good faith when it “presented and subsequently withdrew bargaining proposals; reneged on tentative agreements and attempted to bargain from scratch; and submitted regressive proposals.” The complaint was issued after a three-month investigation by the federal agency. The matter has been set for trial on June 2.
Since furloughing musicians (represented by Local 58) in August, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic has failed to produce a substantive plan to present music to its community or employ musicians. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic continues to pay administration and conducting staff and has accumulated net assets in excess of $26 million. The Philharmonic remains on the AFM International Unfair List and the musicians continue to spread their message to the community through concerted action.