New three-year contract for Detroit Symphony musicians

Posted on: January 11, 2017

“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have reached early, amicable agreement on a new contract,” writes Brian McCollum in Tuesday’s (1/10) Detroit Free Press. “The musicians union ratified the new three-year contract Monday evening, with both sides championing the atmosphere of cooperation and stability.… The new deal, which will go into effect Sept. 1, calls for 2% wage increases in years two and three, along with a new stipend for musicians during non-working summer weeks…. The deal also continues provisions for … chamber music performances and special appearances at health care facilities and senior centers…. The DSO’s size is unchanged—87 musicians—and the deal calls for 38 weeks of performances, up from 36 in the existing three-year deal…. Both sides applauded the mutual trust that has taken hold under the orchestra’s ‘Blueprint: 2023’ fiscal plan and ‘OneDSO’ approach, introduced by former board chairman Phillip Fisher and shepherded by current chairman Mark Davidoff…. The early contract ratification sets the stage for a busy DSO year, which will include a three-week summer tour of China and Japan, along with the annual League of American Orchestras Conference, to be hosted by the DSO in June at the GM Renaissance Center.”

Posted January 11, 2017

Pictured: Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Michelle Koning