Five-year contract with salary increases for Toledo Symphony musicians

Posted on: June 21, 2019

“Toledo orchestra musicians have reached a collective bargaining agreement with the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts,” states an unsigned article in Friday’s (6/12) Toledo Blade (Ohio). “Board members of the alliance, which includes the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony, on Wednesday approved the five-year deal, which was ratified June 6 by Toledo Federation of Musicians Local 15-286. The deal includes 2 percent raises in the first two years, 3 percent raises in the second two years, and a 4 percent raise in the fifth year, along with other changes.” A release from the Toledo Alliances for the Performing Arts, the umbrella organization for the Toledo Symphony, states that the contract takes effect on September 1, 2019. In addition to salary increases, musicians who contribute to the company’s 403b plan will receive modest increases in the company match under the agreement, increasing from 1 percent to 2.5 percent, and there will be an incremental rise in electronic media agreement compensation to musicians for media use of performance recordings. Zak Vassar is the orchestra’s president and CEO. TSO Principal Trombone Garth Simmons is the chairman of the Orchestra Committee. Entering its 76th season, the Toledo Symphony annually performs nearly 100 concerts.

Posted June 21, 2019

In photo: Musicians of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Toledo Symphony Orchestra.