Sour Notes at Carnegie Hall

The famous non-profit organization is suffering at the (stage)hands of LocalOne.

See below for a couple of takes on the situation.

http://www.feastofmusic.com/feast_of_music/2013/10/commentary-james-claffey-jr-hates-children.html
Excerpt:
"Accepting Local 1's demand, Carnegie said in a statement, would 'divert significant funds away from the hall’s music education programs and into stagehand fees.'"

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304176904579111810975642206.html
Excerpt:
"This is a fight Carnegie Hall needs to win. If the union is allowed to extend its reach to areas outside its purview, then sooner or later every other performing arts institution nationwide will face the same challenge. And they, and their audiences, will pay dearly."

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Yes, if arts are important in Boston.

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Please see the second excerpt I posted, the one from the (gasp!) Wall Street Journal (bold emphasis added):

"This is a fight Carnegie Hall needs to win. If the union is allowed to extend its reach to areas outside its purview, then sooner or later every other performing arts institution nationwide will face the same challenge. And they, and their audiences, will pay dearly."

Edit to add: Musical educational facilities are at risk in this particular case.

To me, no matter one's stance regarding unions, having a thriving "arts culture" in Boston is essential. I believe the eventual (inevitable?) conflict in Boston will be worth watching–and potentially huge–since a) the Boston arts community is strong and b) Boston and the Northeast in general are widely considered union-friendly, if not outright union strongholds.