New two-year contract between Dallas Symphony management and musicians

Posted on: September 28, 2015

In Texas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Local 72-147 of the American Federation of Musicians announced on Friday that both parties have ratified a new two-year contract, which is retroactive to September 1, 2015 and runs through August 31, 2017. The agreement calls for a 3 percent annual increase in base wages in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. This increase follows a prolonged period of either wage freezes or minimal increases. “Led by Maestro Jaap van Zweden, our musicians are performing at a level that has elevated the reputation of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra around the world,” said Board Chairman Joe Hubach. “This agreement recognizes their accomplishments and ensures that our audiences will continue to enjoy the excitement and beauty our musicians provide each and every time they perform.” Said Christopher Adkins, Principal Cello of the DSO and Chair of the orchestra’s musician’s negotiating committee, “This series of talks was productive, and musicians and management worked together, and openly, to address and discuss the critical issues.” DSO President and CEO Jonathan Martin said, “We work together constantly to maintain a true partnership so important to be able to achieve the highest standards for the DSO.”

Posted September 28, 2015