Dallas Symphony musicians agree on new contract

Posted on: September 19, 2013

In Thursday’s (9/19) Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell reports, “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Local 72-147 of the American Federation of Musicians have agreed to a new two-year contract. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 and runs through August 2015. Musicians will receive a base salary increase of 1 percent in 2013 and a 2 percent increase in 2014. If goals for donor pledges and major lead gifts are realized, musicians will receive an additional 2 percent increase in 2015 retroactive to the beginning of the 2014-2015 season. Each musician will also receive a one-time $750 bonus in 2013. The agreement also provides for extra flexibility in how DSO musicians may be used in performances apart from full-orchestra concerts. For the first time, the contract also includes wellness initiatives to help control health-care costs. This is especially good news in a period when musicians in a number of orchestras … have had to accept significant pay cuts. The Minnesota Orchestra has been locked out for a year since musicians refused to accept cuts in the neighborhood of 30 percent.”

Posted September 19, 2013