Cleveland Orchestra negotiations reach tentative agreement

January 19, 2010 at 09:15 PM ·

 This is a press release I just received from the Cleveland Orchestra:

 Cleveland Orchestra negotiations reach tentative agreement

 CLEVELAND, January 19, 2010 – The Musicians’ Union and Management of The Cleveland Orchestra reached a tentative agreement early this morning for a new three-year contract through September 2, 2012. 

 The agreement calls for a two-year wage freeze through August 2011, followed by semi-annual wage increases of 3% and 2% in the subsequent year.  In addition, the Musicians will donate up to 10 services, which will provide cost relief and additional revenue for the Musical Arts Association.  Musicians will increase their medical premium contribution beginning in July 2011. 

 The agreement was announced by the Musicians’ Committee Chairman, Jeffrey Rathbun, and the Orchestra’s Executive Director, Gary Hanson. 

 Mr. Rathbun said, “We are very happy that management has heard our message and agreed not to further erode our base compensation allowing us to stay as competitive as possible with the marketplace.  We look forward to working together to build our base of support and continue our tradition of excellence.”

 Mr. Hanson said, “Both sides worked effectively through a difficult process to reach an unprecedented agreement that will do much to help the Association’s finances going forward.  I am very grateful for the Musicians’ passion and abiding concern for the Orchestra’s artistic excellence.” 

 Upon ratification, the agreement will bring to an end a strike by the Union representing the musicians, Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians, which began at midnight on January 18.  The short strike caused the postponement of a scheduled Residency by the Orchestra at Indiana University.  The Orchestra’s Miami Residency performances will proceed as scheduled.

 The Orchestra Committee negotiating on behalf of the Musicians also included Mary Kay Fink, Eli Matthews, Jonathan Sherwin, and Paul Yancich, represented by attorney Bruce Simon.  The negotiating team for Management included Gary Ginstling, James Menger, and Karen Tucholski, represented by attorney Frank Buck.

 Negotiations were assisted by FMCS Mediators Jack Buettner and Laura Shepard, who provided tireless and invaluable service in helping the parties reach agreement.

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