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New Contract Includes Raises for Annapolis Symphony Orchestra


Ahead of the June 30 expiration of their previous CBA, musicians of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), have announced the ratification of a new three-year contract.

Covering the orchestra’s 70 musicians, the contract calls for annual wage increases, adjustments to work rules, and a process for employing musicians in the new Annapolis Symphony Academy education program. It also establishes a new harassment policy that applies to not only musicians, but also administrative staff and volunteers.

The negotiation process was collaborative and cordial, according to local union officials. “The orchestra musicians are grateful to the symphony leadership for this progressive contract that shows a willingness on the part of the board to invest in the future of the ensemble,” says Daphne Benichou of Local 40-543, a violist in the orchestra and chair of the Players Committee. “Not only did the symphony agree to reasonable wage increases in each year of the contract, they also agreed to additional increases for those musicians in titled positions. This demonstrates that the Annapolis Symphony recognizes the value of all of our musicians and wants to retain the talent the orchestra already has, while also attracting the best players when vacancies occur.”

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