VSO Concerts Affected by CUPE Strike
Before and during the VSO’s Opening Weekend concerts, the conduct of CUPE members on picket lines at the Orpheum resulted in violent and obstructive behaviour – some of which required police action to mitigate – which, together with other conduct of picketers, has led to the VSO being strongly concerned for the safety and welfare of our customers, musicians, administrative staff, and volunteers.
Despite a decision reached Wednesday, September 27th by the Labour Relations Board, which issued an interim order granting third party picketing relief at the stage door of the Orpheum Theatre, giving the VSO every right under the Labour Code to conduct business at the Orpheum Theatre, we believe that safety is of paramount importance – a belief that has led to the decisions made regarding the above concerts.
We apologize for the inconvenience, though this issue is beyond the VSO’s control. Please remember that all concerts outside of the Orpheum will be performed as scheduled.
VSO concert goer will not be purchasing symphony tickets again
CUPE [October 3, 2007 11:42 AM]
Bill Pollard, a VSO concert goer, UBC employee and CUPE 2950 member wrote a passionate letter to the VSO today (see below) explaining his reasons for why he will not be purchasing Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert tickets again. He is unhappy with the VSO attempt to brand all CUPE workers as a result of what police consider to be a "minor alleged assault" that has not even been heard in court yet.
Branding the isolated incident concerning Mr. McLure (the actual cause and effect of which has yet to be heard before the courts) as 'union intimidation' smacks of elitism and class warfare on the part of the VSO. Rather than admit that the symphony has no business performing at a concert hall behind picket lines, you chose to brand members of my union as a 'threat' worthy of closing your doors. Shame.Today is day 76 of this civic strike of 6,000 workers - a strike that by any objective standard can only be seen as most peaceful and disciplined in memory, with this police charge on the weekend being the first during the strike. What is most ironic, is that it is alleged to have occured this Saturday while CUPE 15 picketers, who haven't seen a pay cheque in over 2.5 months were dressed up in formal wear and singing songs to concert goers who were crossing their picketline purely for entertainment reasons - not to get their kids to daycare or ensure they receive some vital civic service, but purely for entertainment.
I close with a suggestion for Mr. Tovey and your Board of Directors: if you don't want Union members attending your concerts, don't send us your advertising.
VSO says no concerts this week due to civic strike
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Concerts are off this week for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra because of the CUPE strike. The Classical Mystery Tour featuring music of the Beatles with the VSO has been cancelled for Wednesday. If you have tickets for this event, you can call Ticketmaster or VSO customer service.
The VSO Pops concerts won't be happening this Friday and Saturday, but could possibly be rescheduled. The Tea and Trumpets concert for Thursday has been rescheduled for April. The VSO said the behavior of some CUPE picketers, particularly a recent incident where police were called in, has led to the decision to call off shows this week.--------------------
VSO cancels shows after picket-line scuffle
Vancouver -- Sometimes the show mustn't go on. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel or move its shows scheduled for the Orpheum Theatre, as the strike by city workers continues.
Last week, the VSO decided to go ahead with its season-opening concert at the Orpheum, a city-run property, after the Labour Relations Board agreed to disallow picketing outside the stage door.
But after an assault charge was laid resulting from an altercation on the picket line outside the theatre Saturday night, the VSO changed its mind. In a release, it says it is "strongly concerned for the safety and welfare of our customers, musicians, administrative staff and volunteers."
As a result, the Classical Mystery Tour (the VSO playing the Beatles) and the VSO Pops concerts scheduled for this week have been cancelled. Tonight's Tea and Trumpets concert has been rescheduled for April.--------------------
Tuesday, October 02 - 01:06:55 PM Shane Bigham
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - A Vancouver man is facing assault charges after a weekend incident outside the Orpheum Theatre. Police were called on Saturday after an Orpheum employee was attacked. Police say security followed the suspect who was arrested a short time later at Granville and Smythe. Fifty-four year old William George McClure is facing a charge of assault.
Police are not commenting on whether the attack has anything to do with the ongoing civic strike in Vancouver. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was allowed to hold their opening night at the theatre on Saturday, despite pickets at the front door.
From the Vancouver Province -
That's Strike, as in Job Action . . .
Vancouver police confirmed today that a CUPE worker faces assault charges after allegedly "striking" a VSO violinist in the family jewels over the weekend.
William "The Masher" McClure, a 54-year-old city clerk who belongs to CUPE Local 15, allegedly struck the 55-year-old male violinist outside the Orpheum Theatre, which is behind picket lines but permitted to honour its VSO concert-series commitments as per a B.C. Labour Relations Board ruling last week.
The Masher was supposed to remain 10 metres away from the stage door, but something about the violinist, perhaps his frilly silk cravat, reportedly set the normally mild-mannered clerk off. The VSO is adding "extra security personnel" for future performances and posting laminated copies of the Queensberry Rules on all concert hall doors.
Man charged with assault of city employee at Orpheum
Vancouver SunPublished: Tuesday, October 02, 2007
A 54-year-old Vancouver man, William George McClure, has been charged with assault of a city employee at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night.
Police said a man was arrested for assault at Granville and Smithe after an alleged took place after striking civic workers set up a picket line outside the theatre for the season-opening concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The opening night ahead after the Labour Relations Board granted leaving one door of the Orpheum open to the musicians and house technicians.
The public, however, had to cross CUPE picket lines.
Some of the 20 to 30 picketers at the three public entrances to the Orpheum on Saturday chanted "shame-on-you" at ticket-holders.