Shortly after midnight on 9/20/04 the negotiating teams for The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 77, jointly issued the following statement:
The negotiating teams for The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 77, have been working for many months in an effort to negotiate a new agreement. The Musicians’ negotiating team has been creative in suggesting ideas to generate additional revenue and identify cost-saving opportunities. The parties recognize that these efforts must be incorporated into an agreement that preserves the artistic integrity and financial security of the Orchestra.
Given the complex nature of the issues, we will not be able to conclude an agreement by the 12:01 a.m. deadline. Recognizing our mutual desire to continue to present concerts to our loyal audiences, we have therefore agreed to extend negotiations for a period of thirty days, until October 20, 2004.
As part of our agreement, both sides have also agreed to a media blackout. We hope this extension will provide the necessary time to reach an amicable agreement.
So that leaves New York as the only orchestra among the “Big 5” that still have a contract deadline of today.
It’s good to see that both sides of the Philadelphia negotiations realize the importance of pursuing every avenue available to reconcile their differences.