Special Mid-Day Report: Chicago Symphony Cancellations Snowball

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announced the cancellation or postponement of scheduled concert activity through April 23. This includes four subscription concerts (4/18, 4/19, 4/20, and 4/21) along with 14 additional events. The decision to cut such a large swath of events is an indication that even larger cuts are in store barring a new agreement. The musicians recently rejected the CSOA’s last, best, and final offer as it continued …

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Chicago Issues Last, Best, and Final Offer

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According to a 4/8/2019 press statement from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), the organization presented what it defines as its last, best, and final offer to the musicians during a bargaining session on Sunday, 4/7/2019. When asked about the offer’s terms and/or any changes to terms the CSOA has already made public, the organization declined to provide details. Inside the parlance of negotiations, an employer’s last, best, and final offer …

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Taking Some Spin Out Of The Chicago Rhetoric

As of today, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) has cancelled events through April 9, 2019 and as the work stoppage marches toward the one-month mark, you can bet both sides will be turning up the PR rhetoric. To that end, let’s look at one recent talking point that crosses the spin line. Labor Disputes In The Age Of Gaslighting For decades, it’s been common to see both sides in a …

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More, And Longer, Cancellations In Chicago

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On Monday, 3/25/2019, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released a statement that it was cancelling a week’s worth of concerts and events through April 2, 2019. Ticket holders received notifications of the cancellations and their options for what to do with the now obsolete tickets: Exchange your tickets into the same or similar seating section for other concerts in the current season, for no additional charge. Return your tickets and …

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So Is This A Remark That Sows, Or A Remark That Reaps?

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association held its second teleconference press conference on Monday, 3/18/19 and as luck would have it, I’ve been unable to attend both. Nonetheless, Chicago Tribune reporter Howard Reich authored an article for the paper’s 3/18/19 edition that includes his overview of the conversion. While most of the conversation seems unremarkable, one comment stood out. For those unaware, Chicago is amidst an historic mayoral election where the two …

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