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Letter, 12-12: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Washington Ballet's Dancers Need Your Help
Editor's Note: The
following letter was issued Thursday on behalf of the artists of
the Washington Ballet, who are represented by the American Guild
of Musical Artists (AGMA).
From Alan Gordon
Executive Director, AGMA
Dancers live to dance.
But their talent, their skill and the beauty they create isn't enough
to protect them against injury, to protect their jobs, or to guarantee
the necessities of life. Without a viable contract and forceful
defense of their rights, dancers are vulnerable to injury, exploitation
Dancers need protection.
And the Washington Ballet refuses to provide it.
Despite ongoing negotiations,
the Washington Ballet refuses to provide its dancers with any reasonable
level of protection against injury. The Washington Ballet refuses
to provide any reasonable level of job security. The Washington
Ballet refuses to provide any reasonable level of professional respect.
The dancers want just
what any other employees want: A safe working environment, protection
against discrimination, protection against mean-spirited, vindictive
and arbitrary treatment, and a contract that guarantees their rights
as employees and as great dancers.
The dancers need your
help. Send an e-mail to artistic director Septime Webre, email@example.com
or executive director Jason Palmquist, firstname.lastname@example.org,
and tell them that you enjoy our dancing, you want it to continue,
and you share our desire for respect and a meaningful contract.