Spokane Symphony cancels more concerts as labor impasse continues

Posted on: November 9, 2012

In Thursday’s (11/8) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), Chelsea Bannach writes, “The Spokane Symphony announced Wednesday that several more performances will be canceled as its musicians continue to strike. … ‘As a local, independent nonprofit arts organization, our priority has been to pursue long-term sustainability and protect musician jobs,’ [Board President Peter] Moye said. ‘While we worked very hard to reach an agreement, the union chose to strike rather than continue bargaining.’ The musicians, however, said they were willing to make deep concessions, including offering a nearly 7 percent pay cut, and that the symphony refused to budge. The board said the economy is affecting ticket sales, forcing it to seek a 13.3 percent cut in musician pay. The contract between the Spokane Symphony Society and the Local 105 of the American Federation of Musicians expired at the end of August, and negotiations had been ongoing since March. Last Saturday’s SuperPops performance was canceled, and the musicians picketed outside the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox that night.”

Posted November 9, 2012