At the end of August, musicians and management of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced a five-year CBA that began September 1. This is the first time in more than 30 years that an OSM musicians’ contract has been negotiated and signed before the expiration of the previous one.
OSM musicians, members of Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), will see annual salaries increase 10% over the five years, along with greater pension benefits. The agreement allows flexibility that will facilitate cost control, while also protecting and improving the working conditions of musicians.
“This agreement is the result of a spirit of collaboration between OSM management, its musicians, and their union,” says Luc Fortin, president of Local 406. “In the current context, it is important to work together toward long-term and realistic solutions that will ensure the sustainability of the jobs of our members, while maintaining working conditions befitting of an orchestra of international reputation.”