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July 30, 2019IM -
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announced the ratification of a new five-year CBA in mid-June. The contract is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2019 and will provide raises of 2% in years one and two; 3% in years three and four; and 4% in year five. Orchestra musicians, members of Local 15-286 (Toledo, OH), will also see an increase in electronic media compensation and in the organization’s match for 403(b) retirement savings.
“After a period of transition in both the administrative and artistic leadership of the TSO, the orchestra is on the upswing in terms of artistic quality, concert attendance, and community engagement,” says Garth Simmons of Local 15-286, principal trombone and chair of the Orchestra Committee. “The new five-year agreement is a good step forward for the musicians and the organization. It reflects the continuing commitment of the board, management, and musicians to plan for the long-term stability and growth of the orchestra.”