Here Are The Chicago Symphony Settlement Details You’re Looking For

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On Saturday, 4/27/2019 the board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) and the CSO musicians ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The deal was reached shortly after outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel became directly involved. Let’s take a close look at the new terms to see what each stakeholder managed to secure. Pension In a nutshell: the employer scored a big win on this term while the musicians …

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The Pitfalls Of Hyperbole During Contentious Work Stoppages

The longer work stoppages continue, the hotter passions run. It’s a truism that not even the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike is exempt. As the CSO work stoppage approaches its second month, tempers are burning hotter than ever. When that happens, it isn’t uncommon to see stakeholders speak first, think later. To that end, one of the primary reasons I migrated this blog’s commenting system to a platform that requires a …

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More Cancellations While Negotiations Fail To Produce Deal In Chicago

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On 4/18/2019, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) pulled the trigger on its latest round of cancellations. The result was the rest of April 2019 going by the wayside. In addition to recitals and Civic Orchestra cancellations, subscriptions concerts on April 25, 26, and 27 were cancelled. The most recent negotiations prior to those cancellations failed to produce a new agreement. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the CSOA held to its last, best, and …

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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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