CSO musicians, management make joint statement on tentative agreement

Fri Apr 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Chicago Symphony Orchestra management and the musicians’ union confirmed late Friday night that they have reached “tentative agreement” on a new five-year contract that will end the seven-week strike by CSO musicians.

The news was announced in a joint statement by the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the CSO Association–the first cooperative effort since the strike began March 10.

The statement reads as follows:

“Two days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered to mediate the dispute and after a full day of meetings at City Hall, the Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) have reached tentative agreement on the outlines of a proposed five year contract. If approved by all members of the orchestra and by the CSOA Board of Trustees, the proposed agreement, which is pending would end a seven-week strike – the longest in the CSO’s history. Both parties are thankful to Mayor Emanuel and his staff for their assistance.”

The musicians are scheduled to vote on the proposed contract Saturday morning. Details of the contract will be released following the vote.

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2 Responses to “CSO musicians, management make joint statement on tentative agreement”

  1. Posted Apr 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm by Fondly Remembering Solti

    Remains to be seen what the effects of this strike will be going forward, viz., percentage of subscribers who renew, number of empty seats in Orchestra Hall, ticket pricing, impact on donations, etc.

    I’m sure there will be some lingering animosity between the parties, particularly in light of the rhetoric that was thrown about by some (Emma Gerstein and others).

    Fortunately, what remains of the current season will be salvaged. As well as the Ravinia engagements.

    Finally, the timing of the settlement allows Muti to ride in on his white horse, to great acclaim.

    Fondly Remembering Solti

  2. Posted Apr 27, 2019 at 11:50 am by Peter DG

    Not a done deal yet. “If approved … by the CSOA Board of Trustees.” Given the mayor’s somewhat liberal leanings the CSOA may have been coerced, and the board may not accept the deal. Also, what does it take to assemble a voting quorum of the board?

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