Chicago Symphony Management and Players Agree on New Contract

Classic Arts News   Chicago Symphony Management and Players Agree on New Contract
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced agreement in principle on a new multi-year contract with the Chicago local of the American Federation of Musicians, the union which represents the CSO players.

The existing three-year contract, which expired yesterday, was ratified in 2004 after rancorous negotiations, observes The Chicago Tribune — talks which nearly led to a musicians' strike.

Terms of the contract won't be revealed until after they have been ratified by the full roster of musicians and the full CSO board of directors. A release sent out yesterday by orchestra management said that the ratification process is expected to be complete by Thursday, September 20.

Conclusion of the negotiations means that all scheduled CSO performances will go ahead, including subscription concerts this week and a seven-city European tour under conductor Riccardo Muti from September 23 through October 7.

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