Peoria Symphony, musicians have new union contract

Posted on: May 18, 2012

In Friday’s (5/18) Peoria Journal Star (Illinois), Gary Panetta writes, “The Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s board and the orchestra’s unionized musicians signed their first union contract Thursday. The contract between the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Federation of Musicians Local 26 was signed at the Peoria Symphony board’s regular meeting, said David Hoffman, a member of the bargaining team, and Susan Hoffman, the Peoria Symphony’s executive director. The two are not related. The contract lasts until June 2014. About 65 contract players—that is, musicians who have a formal agreement to perform with the orchestra—are represented by Local 26, David Hoffman said. ‘The agreement was designed to set clear guidelines for clear and fair treatment of all the musicians,’ said Susan Hoffman, speaking on behalf of the symphony’s board. ‘We see it as making an investment in future.’ … ‘I think it’s good to have a rule book when you play a game,’ said Michael Dicker, principal bassoon. ‘Having something we can refer to as musicians and from the side of the management that they can refer to—I think we’ll all be happier.’ The contract players don’t work full-time at the symphony. According to the contract, section players receive $65 per service; assistant principals receive $71.50 per service; and principals receive $78.”

Posted May 18, 2012