Musicians File Labor Complaint on Lockout; Labor Relations Board Says It Will Investigate Symphony Players' Case

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Byline: ROGER BULL

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing symphony management of unfair labor practices by locking them out.

Symphony management declared a lockout last month when negotiations for a new five-year contract reached an impasse.

The Jacksonville Symphony Players Association claims the action was illegal because that law requires that 60 days pass after service of notice before any strike or lockout is declared.

Kevin Casseday, bass player with the symphony and spokesman for the musicians, said the musicians filed the form Oct. 3. The symphony declared the lockout Nov. 12.

Symphony attorney John Dickinson would not address the specifics of the complaint, saying only, "It's the position of the Jacksonville Symphony Association that it's fully complied with the all notice requirements of the National Labor Relations Act and that the charges filed are unfounded."

Karen LaMartin, spokeswoman for the NLRB in Tampa, said the Jacksonville office has received the complaint and is investigating. …