On Saturday, 9/22/2012 the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) called a strike exactly one hour before a concert scheduled that evening for 8:0pm CT. A brief message from the CSO musicians’ negotiating committee to their members asserts the following:
Despite our good faith efforts to agree on terms acceptable to the Association and despite our agreements in fact on a broad range of issues sought by the Association, crucial economic issues for the musicians remain unresolved. While we agree to continue negotiations, we will withhold our services until the interests of our Members are satisfied. We are on strike effective Saturday, September 22, at 7:00 pm.
The CSO provided an official statement at their website which contained additional details about their most recently rejected offer. The CSO musicians launched their only official communications outlet, a Facebook page, late the evening of 9/23/2011 and do not have an official website or
Twitter account update: the CSO musicians did open a Twitter account after this article was written.
However, you can uncover additional information behind what prompted the strike along with more recent comments from the CSO committee chair and bassist Stephen Lester and CSO president Deborah Rutter in an article from the 9/23/2012 edition of the Chicago Tribune by music critic John von Rhein. It was my pleasure to provide the compensation information to the Tribune for this article.