Monterey Symphony musicians sign new five-year agreement

Posted on: March 21, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/20) Monterey County Herald (California), Marc Cabrera writes, “For the first time in five years, the Monterey Symphony and the local musicians union have reached a new contract agreement. Symphony management announced a new, five-year agreement with the Musicians Association of San Jose Local 153 union. The union represents professional musicians in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Benito Counties, and a portion of Alameda County. The announcement comes after eight months of negotiation. Prior to the close of negotiations, the symphony and union had been operating under a five-year old contract extended annually with few changes. The contract lasts through August 2014, and calls for, among other things, a 10 percent pay raise, tiered over three years, for the roughly 60 to 70 union musicians who perform at the symphony’s annual concerts. … At a time when most symphonies are struggling to make ends meet, Monterey Symphony was in a … position to give their musicians a little something extra. … Monterey Symphony executive director Ed Feingold, who recently took over the position, was excited to begin his tenure with a new contract.”

Posted March 21, 2012