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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Ratifies New Contract

Musicians of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO), members of Local 447-704 (Savannah, GA), have ratified a new contract following a tentative agreement that was reached at the end of May. The four-year term is effective until June 2022.

Over the four years, musicians will see a 10% increase in per-service wages. Other highlights of the CBA include improved hiring policy language and probation, discipline, and discharge language. The contract also establishes a new artistic advisory committee.

“The HHSO orchestra committee is satisfied that the main goals of the negotiations were accomplished,” says Peter Berquist, president of Local 447-704 and chair of the orchestra committee. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to [SSD Negotiator] Chris Durham for his guidance throughout the process. The local and orchestra committee have made considerable efforts over the years to maintain a cordial relationship with HHSO management. Management is to be commended for achieving financial stability through increased donations and ticket sales.”