Lest We Forget About Seattle

Amidst all of the excitement and attention focused on Cleveland Orchestra’s work stoppage, it was easy for folks to overlook important recent development in Seattle and I’m no exception. As a result, I have gone back and edited the article I posted at the beginning of the week right before the news of Cleveland strike made the rounds. Originally, that article examined events in both cities but has been updated to focus exclusively on Seattle…

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Some Thoughts On Cleveland And The Business

Since the initial details surrounding Cleveland’s settlement were made public, I’ve received several calls from print journalists and broadcast reporters looking for some feedback and I’m very pleased to see so much immediate attention surrounding all of this. At the same time, I can’t help but notice the mountain of news and opinion articles flooding the media waves that have a decidedly strong Chicken Little tone…

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Initial Details Of The Cleveland Settlement

Although comprehensive details in the form of the final agreement language won’t be available for a few weeks or more, some aspects of the new agreement have been made public. Based on information included in a press statement, here’s what can be discerned:

  • Length: 9/2009 (retroactive) – 8/2011; or the 2009/10, 2010/11, and 2011/12 seasons.
  • Compensation: Freeze for the first two years, then a 3% raise in the first half of 2011/12 and an additional 2% raise in the last half.
  • Musicians will not have increased medical insurance premiums (this point was updated @ 9:12am CT).

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BREAKING NEWS: Cleveland Strike Concluded

After a marathon negotiation session that started on Monday, 1/18/2010 at 12:00 noon and lasted until nearly 7:00am the following morning, the Cleveland Orchestra and their musicians have reportedly reached a tentative agreement. According to sources inside the organization, the musicians plan to conduct a ratification meeting at 2:00p.m. ET, today (1/19/2010). Furthermore, a portion of the Indiana University residency will continue as originally scheduled and additional details will follow as …

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Updates In Seattle

It was an eventful weekend for stakeholders at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) as the ensemble crossed the latest benchmark in their ongoing labor dispute. On Sunday 1/17/2010, the musicians unanimously rejected a contract proposal from management and although they have already passed a strike authorization, the musicians have stated that they do not plan to initiate any work stoppage at the present time…

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