Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra Goes On Strike

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At 10:30am CT, the musicians of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra (CLOO), represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM), released a press statement announcing they are on strike against their employer, Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC). Why They Went On Strike According to the musicians’ statement, the decision to strike was due to the following LOC demands: 1) “Cutting the number of Orchestra musicians by eliminating five positions.” According to …

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Analyzing The Hartford Symphony Shutdown Threat Part 2

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In Part 1, we examined the additional information provided by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in response to their 12/19/2015 statement saying that the orchestra’s board is considering shutting down operations at the end of January, 2016 if they are unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their musicians. Along with determining where the HSO’s shutdown threat falls within potential options, today’s post will dive …

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Analyzing The Hartford Symphony Shutdown Threat

On 12/19/2015, a Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) spokesperson was quoted in an Associated Press article saying that the orchestra’s board is considering shutting down operations at the end of January, 2016 if they are unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their musicians. At the time, there were no additional details regarding what that meant and since the phrase can cover everything from a work stoppage to …

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Top 10 Best And Worst Of 2014

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2014 is firmly in the rear view mirror so it seems like a good time to revisit some of the highest highs and lowest lows that help establish comparative parameter. To that end, here’s a decuplet of the best and worst from 2014 plus one more to acknowledge the sadder moments. Best Of 2014 Worst Of 2014 Saddest Of 2014 So there it is. Did anything from your list fail to …

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Nothing’s Changed, It’s Still All About Power

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One of the most common questions coming in from readers, colleagues, and friends about the Minnesota Orchestra dispute is why; people are befuddled over why things have become this bad and why there’s no apparent end in sight. The answer is simple and it has little to do with budgets, sustainability, competitiveness, excellence, or any of the other jargon grenades lobbed back and forth in the now all-too-predictable press statements. This …

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