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Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Ratify New Four Year Agreement

There's a good article in the 12/7/2016 edition of the Star-Telegram by Andrea Ahles that examines some of the key terms from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's new four-year agreement. The most interesting part isn't so much the details as it is about the anonymous large donor. The article reports that a $700,000 donation became the carrot to get both sides out of entrenched positions. Regarding base musician salary, the gift covered enough of the distance between the sharp cuts proposed by the employer and the increases proposed by musicians. Consequently, this [...]
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Fort Worth Symphony Reaches Tentative Deal And No Details From Pittsburgh Symphony

One day after a report that bargaining was stalled, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) announced it reached a tentative agreement. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), which had been mediating the negotiations, released a press statement on 12/04/2016 announcing the tentative deal. The musicians have scheduled a ratification meeting for Wednesday, 12/07/2016 but as of now, there is no work if the musicians’ negotiation team plans to recommend their colleagues accept or reject the offer. Likewise, no details about the tentative agreement’s terms have been released. The FWSO has cancelled […]

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Is Over

Just a quick post-Thanksgiving note today to make sure you haven’t inadvertently overlooked the good news that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra work stoppage has ended and the group is back to work with a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement. Rumblings of a deal surfaced via an article by Elizabeth Bloom in the 11/22/2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette then became public via a 11/23/2016 article in the same outlet by Bob Batz Jr. We’ll take a closer look at the new agreement’s terms next week. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday weekend!

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How Many Words Is This Picture Worth?

Although the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and its musicians returned to mediated bargaining at the beginning of the month, those talks have yet to produce enough momentum to prevent additional event cancellations. Case in point, the organization announced the latest round of cancellations for events through Monday, 12/5/2016. Since both sides agreed to a media blackout, there are few details but the 11/15/2016 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article by Elizabeth Bloom which reports both sides have confirmed that negotiations are ongoing. The articles reuses what may be one of […]

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What Do Managers Do During A Work Stoppage? Development Departments

Recently, a reader reached out via email to ask what orchestra managers do during a work stoppage and as it turns out, we’ve never examined that topic so there’s no time better than the present to rectify that oversight. Like most topics within orchestra administration, this issue is impacted by a number of variables such as whether an organization owns or operates one or more venues, budget size, and season length. On the surface, it may seem like some departments have less to do without events to produce and while true in […]

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