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Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil Approves Long-Term Contract


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The Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) negotiation committee and OSDL management, front (L to R): Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) President Luc Fortin and OSDL Board Chair Jean-Marc Léveillé; rear (L to R): Canadian Federation of the Musicians (CFM) Symphonic Services Division Director Bernard LeBlanc, musicians’ negotiation committee chair Gaëtan Chénier, OSDL and OSDL Foundation CEO Denyse Thiffault, and former OSDL and OSDL Foundation CEO and Director Gilles Choquet.
Le comité de négociation et la direction de l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL), 1e rangée (de g. à d.) : Luc Fortin, président et directeur général par intérim de la section 406 (Montréal, Qué.), et Jean-Marc Léveillé, président du conseil d’administration (CA) de l’OSDL; 2e rangée (de g. à d.) : Bernard LeBlanc, directeur de la Division des services symphoniques de la Fédération canadienne des musiciens, Gaëtan Chénier, président du comité de négociation des musiciens, Denyse Thiffault, directrice générale de l’OSDL et de sa Fondation, et Gilles Choquet, ancien directeur général et membre du CA de l’OSDL et de sa Fondation.

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) in Quebec ratified a new contract at the end of October. The previous agreement for the musicians represented by Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) had expired in July 2017 and negotiations began in July 2018.

The agreement covers six seasons, including retroactive payments from the 2017-2018 season. Musicians will receive an average wage increase of 2% per year, including a lower scale for concerts and a higher scale for rehearsals. The number of guaranteed services also increases under this contract. Musicians agreed to allow use of archival recordings for promotional purposes.

“It was important in this agreement that the OSDL could improve its concert offerings while also improving working conditions for the musicians,” says Local 406 President Luc Fortin. “We salute the efforts of both parties in this negotiation and the work of Gaëtan Chénier, president of the musicians’ negotiation committee.”

Entente de longue durée à l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil

Les musiciens de l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, membres de la section locale 406 (Montréal, Qué.), ont ratifié une nouvelle entente collective à la fin d’octobre. L’entente précédente était échue depuis juillet 2017, et les négociations ont commencé en juillet 2018.

La nouvelle entente couvre six saisons et prévoit le versement d’une rétroactivité pour la saison 2017-2018. Les cachets − plus bas pour les concerts et plus élevés pour les répétitions − augmentent en moyenne de 2 % par année. Les musiciens ont consenti à l’utilisation des enregistrements d’archives à des fins de promotion.

« Il était important que cette entente permette à l’OSDL de bonifier son offre de concerts tout en améliorant les conditions de travail de ses musiciens » indique Luc Fortin, président de la section locale 406. « Nous saluons les efforts des deux parties dans cette négociation, et le travail de Gaëtan Chénier, président du comité de négociation des musiciens ».

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