Seattle Symphony averts strike by extending previous musicians contract

Posted on: October 23, 2012

Tuesday (10/23) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Deborah Vankin reports, “The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the union representing those musicians (the SSOPO) have agreed to extend their collective bargaining agreement through Jan. 31, 2013, allowing more time to work out a new contract. Talks have been going on since the summer. David Sabee, acting chair of the SSOPO, said in a statement Monday that he was optimistic that a new pact could be reached without interrupting any scheduled concerts. Over the weekend, he said, the symphony musicians performed Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ and Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra.’ … On Oct. 10, management of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera proposed that musicians take a 15% reduction in overall compensation for the 2012-13 season. On Oct. 15, the union approved a strike authorization for its members. The union said that the musicians have made financial concessions since 2005, giving back more than $9.6 million to the symphony, and it has been trying to reach a deal that reverses this trend.”

Posted October 23, 2012