At the beginning of September, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) musicians ratified a three-year agreement retroactive to September 1, 2017 and running through August 31, 2020.
The agreement provides many work rule improvements and maintains a season length of 52 weeks. The greatest improvement to the contract is a new formula for calculating future health benefits. Association contributions will now be adjusted according to current health insurance increases.
Stewart Williams, President of Local 72-147 (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) thinks this contract will provide a bright future to members of the orchestra. “The musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra have consistently demonstrated themselves to be one of our country’s finest artistic ensembles,” he says. “This agreement represents work from all sides ensuring that Dallas’s great orchestra will continue to thrive and excel.”