St. Louis musicians and management agree on new contract

Posted on: June 26, 2012


“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 2-197, have agreed on a new four-year labor contract, 14 months before the expiration of the current one,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Monday’s (6/25) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri). “The new contract goes into effect on Sept. 2, 2013, and runs through Aug. 27, 2017. … To have the orchestra contract settled so early and for so long ‘puts us ahead of the game in terms of labor stability,’ said SLSO president and CEO Fred Bronstein … The new contract freezes wages in the first year, but gives the players about a 5 percent increase over the life of the contract. … There will also be a modest 1.5 percent increase in pension contributions. In return, management will get some adjustments to the orchestra’s work rules, including the ability to schedule three to four additional concerts each season. … The talks were ‘cordial,’ said the chairman of the musicians’ negotiating committee, principal trombone Timothy Myers. … Vicki Smolik, president of the [musicians’] local, said, ‘I think everybody would like to have more, but I think everybody wants to see the institution be able to grow, sustain itself and move forward. This contract does that. I think (the players) are pretty happy; I think everybody’s going to go out there and play their hearts out.’ ”

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra photo by Scott Ferguson

Posted June 26, 2012