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Hartford’s Elephant In The Room Settles In As Musicians Cave

Although specific details about the terms of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) new four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are as of yet unavailable, we do know that the agreement contains similar financial terms, if not identical, to previous proposals, which called for a forty percent reduction in musician expenses. According to a message from the musicians on their Facebook page, the annual compensation via the highest paid tier of musicians won’t exceed $20,000 (learn more about the different levels of HSO musician employment). Although labor disputes rarely produce anything but varying degrees […]

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Does The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Still Exist?

UPDATE: as of this morning (1/19/16), it appears that the musicians have conceded and accepted the final offer. We’ll explore available details and the decision’s impact in tomorrow’s post. By the time this article is published, the Monday, 1/18/16 evening deadline imposed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) board will have passed and we may have some news on whether or not the musicians accepted or rejected the employer’s last, best, and final offer. According to a report in the 1/15/16 edition of the Hartford Business Journal, the HSO’s offer appears to […]

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Asserting Regressive Bargaining, Hartford Musicians Reject Latest Offer. Employer Sets Deadline

Musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) rejected the latest proposal from their employer. Held on Thursday, 1/7/16,  the vote was unanimous among musicians attending and although both sides are continuing to bargain via Federal mediator, they continue to be far apart on key terms of wages, length of season, and a new element introduced by the employer in the form of a sweeping cancellation clause. According to a press statement distributed by the musicians following their vote, the proposed cancellation clause would make the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) a contract in name […]

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Analyzing The Hartford Symphony Shutdown Threat Part 2

In Part 1, we examined the additional information provided by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in response to their 12/19/2015 statement saying that the orchestra’s board is considering shutting down operations at the end of January, 2016 if they are unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their musicians. Along with determining where the HSO’s shutdown threat falls within potential options, today’s post will dive into the myriad of variables that are perhaps best defined as everything you wanted to know about unraveling negotiation spin but […]

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Analyzing The Hartford Symphony Shutdown Threat

On 12/19/2015, a Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) spokesperson was quoted in an Associated Press article saying that the orchestra’s board is considering shutting down operations at the end of January, 2016 if they are unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their musicians. At the time, there were no additional details regarding what that meant and since the phrase can cover everything from a work stoppage to liquidation bankruptcy, I contacted the HSO in order to find out more. I reached out to Steve Collins, HSO Director of […]

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