The Pacific Symphony’s musicians and management have finally approved a new labor agreement that not only provides wage increases over the five-year span of the contract but also, for the first time, provides minimums for services (including performances and rehearsals) that the musicians perform each season.
Paul Hodgins in the Orange County Register has the details HERE.
“We went from no guarantees to a three-tier system that guarantees the number of rehearsals and performances (Pacific Symphony musicians) will get in a season,” said Robert Sanders, president of the Local 7 of the American Federation of Musicians, to which the musicians belong. This was a major sticking point in the negotiations from the beginning. Hodgins’ article details the issues involved in the complex agreement.