Current Grievances

Grievance Procedures Discontinued

As part of the restructuring of the American Guild of Organists in 2012, the discontinuation of the use of the Grievance Procedures was approved by the National Council and, as of July 1, 2013, they are no longer available for AGO members. However, the Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Standards, Discipline, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Mentor Program, Model Contract, Employment Review, Salary Guidelines and other Professional Development options are still available to support AGO members.

Current grievances which have not yet been resolved will remain posted on the AGO web site, and members of AGO are bound by the Code of Ethics to avoid employment by these organizations. At any time, these organizations are welcome to resolve the grievance in accordance with the Grievance Procedures. Contact American Guild of Organists headquarters for more information.

Current Grievances*

Region I New England
Notice Informing Membership of Outcome of Case

On October 6, 2013, the American Guild of Organists declared resolved the case of wrongful termination brought against South Church Unitarian Universalists, Portsmouth, NH. Guild Members may now accept employment at this Institution.

Region II New York/New Jersey
Notice Informing Membership of Outcome of Case

The National Council has determined that a position at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold, NJ, was made vacant by wrongful termination of a member of the American Guild of Organists on September 21, 2000. In keeping with the AGO Code of Ethics, members shall not seek or accept employment or attempt to place a student or colleague in the position until the National Council has declared that differences between the Guild and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church have been resolved.

Region III Mid-Atlantic
Notice Informing Membership of Outcome of Case

The National Council has determined that a position at Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA), Cherry Hill, NJ, was made vacant by wrongful termination of a member of the American Guild of Organists on November 23, 2010. In keeping with the AGO Code of Ethics, members shall not seek or accept employment or attempt to place a student or colleague in the position until the National Council has declared that differences between the Guild and Trinity Presbyterian Church have been resolved.

Notice

Holy Family Catholic Church of Davidsonville, MD, wrongfully terminated a member of the American Guild of Organists in June 2009 for which no resolution has been reached. Note: When an Institution is found to have wrongfully terminated a member of the AGO, no Guild member may serve that Institution in an interim, substitute, or independent contractor capacity beyond a 90-day period following the date of this finding.

Notice

The Church of St. Luke-St. Andrew-St. John Neumann in Ocean City, MD, wrongfully terminated a member of the American Guild of Organists on September 22, 2002 for which no resolution has been reached. Note: When an Institution is found to have wrongfully terminated a member of the AGO, no Guild member may serve that Institution in an interim, substitute, or independent contractor capacity beyond a 90-day period following the date of this finding.

Region V Great Lakes
Notice

Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Chicago, IL, wrongfully terminated a member of the American Guild of Organists in January, 2005 for which no resolution has been reached. Note: When an Institution is found to have wrongfully terminated a member of the AGO, no Guild member may serve that Institution in an interim, substitute, or independent contractor capacity beyond a 90-day period following the date of this finding.

Region VI North Central
Notice

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Wichita, KS, wrongfully terminated a member of the American Guild of Organists in June 2006 for which no resolution has been reached. Note: When an Institution is found to have wrongfully terminated a member of the AGO, no Guild member may serve that Institution in an interim, substitute, or independent contractor capacity beyond a 90-day period following the date of this finding.

Notice

Sheridan Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE, wrongfully terminated a member of the American Guild of Organists April, 2002 for which no resolution has been reached. Note: When an Institution is found to have wrongfully terminated a member of the AGO, no Guild member may serve that Institution in an interim, substitute, or independent contractor capacity beyond a 90-day period following the date of this finding.

*Each notice shall be in effect for a period of 3 years after which time the Institution may appeal the Notice in Perpetuity as described in paragraph VI B of the Grievance Procedures.