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Cleveland Orchestra Receives Raises in New Agreement


On December 23, 2018, the Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra ratified a new three-year contract, effective through the 2020-2021 season. The contract provides musicians with 2% annual raises; a new seniority pay category for 25 or more years of service; an increase to the employer’s contribution to the musicians’ retirement plan; and improvements to life insurance and long-term disability benefits. Musicians agreed to contribute more toward healthcare costs and will take part in a future healthcare plan review. Orchestra Committee Chair and Bassoonist Jonathan Sherwin of Local 4 (Cleveland, OH) noted that negotiations were cordial and civil, and emphasized the musicians’ desire to thank the Orchestra’s patrons, trustees, and donors for their tremendous support over the past 100 years.

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