I am a musician in a community orchestra in the midwest. All players in the orchestra are per service W2 employees. None are salaried
, with the exception of the personnel manager.
There is a players committee, elected by members of the orchestra. The executive director has informed the newly elected chair of the committee that she is required to inform the music director, the executive director, the board chairman and the personnel manager of any and all meetings since they are "de officio" members.
This stipulation is not stated in the orchestra guidelines, nor was it ever voted upon by the orchestra. Rather, it is a simple statement on the part of the administration that players may not convene in any official capacity without the presence of the entire power structure of the administration.
Since there was an extremely inflammatory situation this past summer involving player rights ( the conductor elected not to renew the contract of a 20 year player on the grounds that the player was "insubordinate and disrespectful", even though the orchestra at large found this determination to be subjective and erroneous. The executive director and board rubberstamped the decision), there is a clear and present need for our players to be able to convene and discuss concerns without fear of reprisal.
My question: Is it legal for the orchestra administration to stipulate that it must be allowed to be present at meetings of the players committee?