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Regina Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Three-Year Contract

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In November, musicians and management of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) ratified a new CBA that is retroactive to July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30,

At the signing ceremony for the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s new contract. Pictured from left: Andrea Davidson, RSO interim executive director; Judy McCuskee, RSO board chair; Brian Sklar, president, Local 446 AFM; Peter Sametz, chair, Regina Symphony Players Association & Bargaining Committee co-chair.

Over the course of the contract, base per-service pay increases 4.5% in the current season, 5.2% in the 2020/21 season, and 4.9% in 2021/22. In addition, certain rules have been more clearly defined, including those for sick leave and excusal from services. A side letter to the contract states that musicians and management will begin discussions to determine the benefits and risks of entering into a minimum service guarantee no later than October 15, 2021.
“I’m delighted that a new contract has been signed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra after several months of productive dialogue,” says Players Association Chair and Bargaining Committee Co-Chair Peter Sametz. “We used an integrative bargaining model to establish common goals and concerns, and redeveloped the agreement accordingly. We clarified many points of interpretation, modernized the dress code, and made gains in compensation relative to the national industry. We look forward to continuing a positive relationship with management and the board over the term of the contract.”
“I am extremely grateful to the bargaining committee for their hard work and dedication,” says Local 446 (Regina, SK) President Brian Sklar. “I am confident that this new agreement will ensure the continued excellence of performance that the RSO’s friends and fans have enjoyed for more than 115 years.”







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