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March 1, 2018IM -
The musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, represented by Local 16-248 (Newark, NJ), have ratified a five-year contract, retroactive to September 1, 2017. Under the agreement, musicians’ base pay will remain the same for the first two years, followed by a 2% increase in year three, a 3% increase in year four, and a 5% increase in year five. The contract also allows for greater flexibility in scheduling, and defines rehearsal time for education and community engagement services.
“This agreement helps stabilize the symphony’s next few years, allowing for an even more vibrant presence in New Jersey and aiming for growth as we approach the NJSO centennial,” says Orchestra Committee Chair Adriana Rosin of Local 16-248, NJSO assistant concertmaster. “The Orchestra Committee thanks everyone on all sides for their patience during the negotiation process and gratefully acknowledges AFM Negotiator Todd Jelen and Local 16-248 President Anthony Scally for their guidance and assistance throughout.”