Chicago Symphony musicians go on strike

Posted on: September 24, 2012

He is mostly concerned for the patrons tonight.’ The strike is the first by CSO musicians since 1991. Although their contract expired last Sunday, the orchestra played opening night Thursday and a free concert Friday in Millennium Park. But contract negotiations broke down Saturday, officials said. Rutter said the current average salary of CSO musicians, who have a base salary of $145,000, is $173,000. An offer that would have paid musicians a base salary of $151,000 in the final year of the contract was ‘the last, best and final contract [offer and] would have kept the members of the CSO among the best compensated in a U.S. orchestra.’ But Steve Lester, a string bass player and chairman of the CSO members committee, said a ‘tremendous increase’ in health-care costs would be a compensation cut for some.”


Posted September 24, 2012