The Santa Rosa Symphony in California, represented by Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), has ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The new contract calls for increases in musicians’ base pay ranging from 2% to 3% annually, as well as increases in minimum guaranteed number of services, pension, and other areas of compensation.
In February, musicians and management of the San Francisco Symphony (http://www.sfsymphony.org/) ratified a three-year contract. Negotiated less than two years after a strike that led to the cancellation of several concerts and an East Coast tour, this agreement calls for an increase in weekly base salary from $2,892 to $3,200 in its final year, as well as a negotiated $4,000 annual increase in musician pension benefits. “I was particularly impressed with the way in which both sides were able to share consulting resources and develop a viable plan by which musicians maintained the quality of their health insurance coverage while management was able to save a considerable amount of money in health benefit costs,” says Local 6 President David Schoenbrun.
Members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (Dayton Arts Alliance) have signed a new contract. Orchestra members voted in May 2014 for a three-year contract through August 2017. The agreement includes a 3% increase in wages for contracted members, a health benefit of $275 per season paid to each contracted member, and a small increase in substitute pay. Service guarantees have remained relatively unchanged. The negotiation committee appreciates the cooperation and congeniality of the DPAA management, and would like to thank Local 101-471 and AFM Negotiator Nathan Kahn for their assistance.