Colorado Ballet Dancers Take First Steps Toward Unionizing

Classic Arts News   Colorado Ballet Dancers Take First Steps Toward Unionizing
The dancers of the Colorado Ballet are in the process of joining the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

AGMA has filed a petition requesting representation for the dancers with the National Labor Relations Board, but no timetable has been set for a company vote.

James Ruh, co-chair of the company's board, said he supported unionization for the dancers. "It would be helpful as a way to correct a lack of uniformity," he said. "If they unionize, we'll go forward. I'm not sure there's a downside to this."

Colorado Ballet was recently disrupted by the abrupt departure of artistic director Martin Fredmann, who rejected the board's offer of an emeritus position and resigned instead.

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