Washington Ballet Dancers Get To Vote On Union

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that dancers of the Washington Ballet should be allowed to vote on whether to unionize. “In its decision, the NLRB rejected the company’s argument that the dancers were seasonal workers who could not unionize, noting that “the bulk of the dancers stay with the company multiple years.” The agency also found that two dancers/rehearsal assistants and two apprentices had the right to vote in the election. The company had argued that the rehearsal assistants were supervisors, and that the apprentices did not have a “community of interest” with other dancers.”