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Philharmonic hails dismissal of Unfair Labor Practice charge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is touting the dismissal of an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by a musicians union last fall.

The organization issued a short statement noting the dismissal of the matter by the Indianapolis-based division of the National Labor Relations Board.

It involved allegations that "the Phil" violated musicians' rights when it issued sweeping furloughs during the shutdown that stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NLRB records show a dismissal letter was filed on Friday, though the contents of that letter are not available on the board's Region 25 website (citing the need for possible redactions).

When the furloughs were announced last summer, some musicians told ABC21 they were caught off guard.

The Philharmonic canceled performances scheduled for the latter part of the 2019-20 season and has suspended most of its normal activity through the spring.

Other disputes involving Local 58 have yet to be decided, according to the NLRB site.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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