With less than 48 hours until their contract expires, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) musicians issued a press release today announcing that they need “a new agreement in order to continue working after the contract expires.”…
As detailed in yesterday’s article, the SAS musicians have engaged in informational picketing action during the final days of their contract. When asked if the SAS management had an official response to the musicians’ picketing Carolyn Bacon, SAS Vice President Marketing, declined to comment.
As of late afternoon, August 29, 2007, neither SAS management nor musicians had any new news to report. Furthermore, according to Brian Petkovich, Negotiating Committee Chair and SAS Bassoonist, the musicians’ offers have remanded unchanged from the three and five years proposals posted on their website. The photographs to your left are from yesterday’s picketing action (click to enlarge), in the far left photograph you can see Petkovich giving an interview to a local television news station KENS5.
The photograph to your left (click to enlarge) shows the musicians’ picket signs with the Majestic Theater’s marquee (SAS primary venue) in the background. According to a San Antonio Express-News article, singer Tony Bennett gave a scheduled concert at the Majestic on 8/29/2007 where the article reports,
Before singing his second encore number, “The Music Never Ends,” Bennett showed solidarity with San Antonio Symphony musicians: “Give them what they need, so that they stay here, and make this city very, very civilized,” said Bennett, calling the sight of picketing musicians “awful.”
Keep your eyes posted here for any breaking developments in the ongoing labor talks, any information will be posted as son as it becomes available.