Symphony bankruptcy still unresolved

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Friday deadline for a Honolulu Symphony reorganization plan came and went without one, and the next scheduled hearing in the case is two months away.

Symphony management sought an extension of the filing deadline to buy time to settle an unfair labor practice charge made by the Symphony musicians.

The bankruptcy judge set a Dec. 13 hearing date on the motion, effectively giving the Symphony another two months.

The musicians, meanwhile, announced Friday afternoon that to facilitate reorganization they had withdrawn the complaint they filed with the National Labor Relations Board in July.

"The musicians wanted to withdraw the charge to remove their stated reason for not filing," said Jonathan Parrish, a member of the musician's union who had sat on the Symphony board.

Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, Symphony board chairman, wrote board members Tuesday, saying attorneys were working with the NLRB to resolve the charge.

"It will impact ability to move forward," she said in the email message to board members.

The complaint was filed after the Symphony management said the musicians had quit and the musicians said they didn't.

The Symphony shut down in December in mid-season with more than $4 million in debt.

Some musicians have taken posts elsewhere and moved from Hawaii.

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