Magazine article International Musician

Pacific Symphony Reaches Tentative Agreement

Magazine article International Musician

Pacific Symphony Reaches Tentative Agreement

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At press time, the Pacific Symphony and its musicians, members of Local 7 (Orange County, CA), have reached a tentative agreement, averting a possible strike. Local 7 and Pacific Symphony management had been bargaining since July; their previous contract expired at the end of August.

One key bargaining issue was the musicians' desire to have a predictable schedule, a guaranteed annual wage, and a contract that increases work offered. Pacific Symphony, the nation's 22nd largest symphony orchestra by annual budget size, currently operates with annual expenditures of approximately $20 million, yet was the only orchestra among its peers in budget size that did not provide a guarantee of an annual wage via weekly salary or service guarantee.

"Pacific Symphony musicians, when compared with their colleagues who play in orchestras of similar size and scope, have been the only orchestral musicians in the country who haven't had assurances from year to year of a fixed schedule or annual wage," says Local 7 Bargaining Committee Chair and Pacific Symphony violist Adam Neeley. …

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