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June 16, 2014IM -
Musicians and management of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have reached an agreement that will increase base salaries by 4.8% total over three years. This contract confirms that the orchestra has fully recovered from its bankruptcy in the mid-1990s and also the financial challenges faced during the recession.
Jeff Solomon, president of Local 256-733 (Birmingham, AL) and a hornist with ASO, comments: “Local 256-733 is honored to represent the musicians of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the standard of excellence they bring to the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama. The local has always worked with the Alabama Symphonic Association to make sure the Alabama Symphony Orchestra can continue to fulfill its mission of changing lives through music for future generations. This agreement is another positive step in the right direction, but we still need the ongoing support of our loyal patrons and all the citizens of Alabama to maintain that standard.”