Atlanta’s Latest Step In The Slow Burn Process Of Recapturing Lost Ground

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The 3/5/2018 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article by Bo Emerson that reports the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and its musicians recently ratified a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) through the 2020/21 season. While a copy of the CBA has yet to be released, the AJC article reports the organization will return to “full strength” by the end of the term. The real question there is which benchmark is …

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#TBT Gaining Some Perspective On Pensions

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In light of recent news coming out of San Antonio Wednesday evening, I wanted to post a second #TBT article today pointing out a pair of articles from 2004 that explain how pensions work and ways they impact collective bargaining negotiations. These will be instrumental in helping you shape a necessary frame of reference when processing all of the pension related details coming to light via the San Antonio Symphony’s (SAS) …

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According To SAS Musicians, Deficits Reflect More On Governance, Not Capacity

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The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS) published a newsletter on 12/23/17 that includes an article by Peter Flamm, San Antonio Symphony (SAS) Principal Timpani. According to Flamm’s article, the organization’s deficits aren’t the result of inadequate staff efforts or musician expenses. Instead, he suggests deficits over the past few decades should raise questions about governance. If advertising and promotion is unattractive or sporadic, ticket sales will be low and …

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#TBT San Antonio Symphony Negotiations Turn Sour (Again)

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Over the summer, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) made a surprise announcement that it was shutting down and assigning all mission related activity to a newly formed entity, Symphonic Music for San Antonio (SMSA). This included negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the one set to expire on August 31, 2017. At the time, there were no shortage of questions related to how SMSA intended to move forward given …

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#TBT October Work Stoppages Across The Past Decade

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Knock on wood, it’s been a comparatively quiet beginning to the season regarding labor relations. Historically, strikes and lockouts tend to happen toward the front of the season and here’s a quick history of October based work stoppages over the past decade, broken down by year: 2016 How To Look Like The Smartest Person In The Room When Talking About This Season’s Labor Disputes Pittsburgh Symphony Labor Dispute Continues Down A …

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