It appears that the Chicago Symphony now joins Cleveland in extending the deadline for reaching a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement). Chicago Tribune critic, Wynne Delacoma, reported in today’s issue that talks have been extended through October 31, 2004. The article also reports that a retired judge has been brought in to mediate the remainder of the bargaining sessions.
I think this is an excellent example of how flexible both musicians and managers can be when it comes to bargaining methods.
There’s always been a great deal of talk in the industry about which bargaining method is best. Some people swear by traditional methods and others endorse processes such as Interest Based Bargaining.