At Pittsburgh Symphony, contract negotiations may be nearing deal stage

Posted on: November 23, 2016

“Musicians and management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra could be close to reaching a new contract that would end the nearly two-month work stoppage at Heinz Hall,” writes Elizabeth Bloom in Tuesday’s (11/22) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The sides could agree to a deal as soon as this week … people with ties to both sides in the labor dispute told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week…. The musicians, who had been picketing every day since they went on strike Sept. 30, suspended their picket line on Saturday morning after the two sides met on Friday…. If all sides agree to a new pact, the PSO could salvage the popular and lucrative holiday pops concerts that are scheduled to start Dec. 9. The organization previously canceled all orchestra concerts through Dec. 5…. In September, negotiations broke down…. The two sides did not return to the bargaining table until late October … working with federal mediators…. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have met with both sides…. Neither side has made a public statement on the negotiations since getting back to the bargaining table in late October. Representatives for the management and musicians both declined to comment about a possible breakthrough.”

Posted November 23, 2016

Pictured: Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2015. Photo by Wade Massie