Cleveland Orchestra contract expires but musicians keep playing

Posted on: September 5, 2012

In Saturday’s (9/1) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2012 European festivals tour isn’t the only thing ending Sunday. Its three-year labor agreement, ratified in 2010 and retroactive to 2009, also expires at midnight. But the expiration doesn’t signal a work stoppage. A representative from the musicians’ negotiating committee said bargaining will continue at home. ‘Our negotiations are ongoing,’ said bassoonist Jonathan Sherwin, chairman of the committee. ‘We met several times before leaving . . . and we will be resuming our discussions when we return.’ Orchestra management declined to comment. The orchestra is next scheduled to perform at Severance Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20.”

Posted September 5, 2012