Musicians and management of the Oregon Symphony have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement, nearly four months before the expiration of the current contract. The new contract, running through 2021-22, will add performances in Oregon and southwest Washington, resulting in a 16.5 percent compensation increase over the four years. Beginning in the 2019-20 season, the orchestra will increase the number of performing weeks from 38 to 40, and strategic plans call for more pops concerts, special concerts, and community programs. The new agreement will maintain full coverage of healthcare premiums for musicians and their dependents, subject to a cap on future increases to the plan. The orchestra has reported four years of consecutive growth in box-office sales, individual giving, and new patrons. Scott Showalter is the Oregon Symphony’s president, and Carlos Kalmar is music director.
Posted May 15, 2018