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St. Louis Symphony Ratifies Modification to CBA

On January 10, musicians of the St. Louis Symphony, members of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO), ratified an agreement to modify their current CBA for the period of January 11 through August 29, 2021. Under the new agreement, musicians will be paid 85% of base scale wages and 80% of career track and overscale. Prior modifications had musicians paid 78% of base (April 6 through September 9, 2020) and 60% of base (September 11, 2020 through January 11, 2021). The new agreement includes enhanced safety protocols, which have evolved over the previous months of the pandemic. 

Musicians’ negotiation team members Tim Myers, Jonathan Chu, Amanda Stewart, Scott Andrews, and Allegra Lilly, and Local 2-197 President Vicky Smolik, describe their work as truly a team effort on behalf of their colleagues. “This agreement allows our musicians to have greater protection from the COVID-19 virus as well as better health for their personal finances,” Smolik says.

Myers adds, “The musicians are looking forward to bringing the power of music—which the public needs and wants—back to our community. We appreciate the support of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s board and our donors.”

St. Louis Ends FY with Surplus

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) completed its 2017 fiscal year with an operating surplus of $18,000—its first surplus this century. SLSO’s total annual budget was $30.3 million. The surplus was the culmination of a stellar 2016-2017 season, in which it increased ticket revenue 1%, with 23 sold-out concerts. SLSO embarked on a tour of Spain in February and performed at Carnegie Hall in March. Altogether, the orchestra gave 219 concerts, including 88 that were presented free of charge. A quarter-million people experienced a performance by the symphony over the course of the season. 

In January, a five-year musicians’ contract was reached seven months ahead of schedule. SLSO musicians are members of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO).