Chicago Symphony and Musicians Extend Contract, Name Mediator for Talks

Classic Arts News   Chicago Symphony and Musicians Extend Contract, Name Mediator for Talks
 
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and its musicians have agreed to extend their current contract through October 31, and have asked former federal judge Abner Mikva to mediate ongoing contract negotiations.

The contract was to have expired on September 12, the day of the CSO's first subscription concert. In a statement released on Friday, September 3, the musicians union and the orchestra said that they had agreed that performances and rehearsals would take plan without interruption through October 31.

The two sides have also agreed to maintain a media blackout during talks. Like other major orchestras, the CSO has posted a series of deficits, and is likely asking musicians to accept pay cuts.

Mikva, a former member of the Illinois legislature and the U.S. Congress, was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals from 1979 through 1994. In 1994 and 1995, he served as White House Counsel. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago Law School.


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