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January 9, 2014IM -
After more than a year of negotiations, musicians of the Pacific Symphony reached an agreement with management in early October. The previous contract expired in August 2012 and the musicians continued to play and talk throughout the past season.
The four-year agreement is retroactive to August 2012 and lasts through August 2016. Over the life of the contract, musicians will see modest wage increases. After a wage freeze in the previous season and current season, salaries will rise 2% in the 2014-2015 season and there will be two 1.5% increases during the contract’s final year. The contract also includes provisions for more work, such as additional rehearsals for classical concerts and hiring more string players for family concerts.
“This was not an easy negotiation, but when one looks around the country these days, things could have been much more difficult,” says Local 7 (Orange County, CA) President Robert Sanders. “Here, both sides of the table bargained hard, in good faith, and at great length. The good news is that we are now agreed and the musicians have ratified the agreement. This agreement will allow Pacific Symphony to continue making great music for a great community.”
AFM Negotiator Chris Durham stated, “Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte and the board of directors continue to set an exemplary standard of arts management in leading one of the great US orchestras. We thank all of our patrons and fans for their tireless support and dedication to keeping great artistry in the forefront of Southern California.”