Union files complaint to stop move of NYC Opera

By Associated Press | May 26, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A union representing New York City Opera workers has filed a federal complaint against the financially troubled company, saying its plans to move out of Lincoln Center after 45 years are aimed at undermining the labor rights of performers.

The American Guild of Musical Artists says the opera's move to a smaller venue and a shorter schedule will mean less work for union members. It filed a complaint Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board saying the opera should have negotiated with the union.

The union represents about 200 opera workers, including about 50 choristers and 10 production workers.

City Opera announced last week it was moving out of Lincoln Center and will do only three full-scale operas next season instead of five.