Members of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCNY) Orchestra, represented by AFM Local 802, have won their first union agreement after four years of negotiations. A statement by the musicians’ negotiating committee said that the contract was something they were all proud of, and referred to “numerous strategic actions that forced management to move on their proposals.” Their five-year contract contains many wins, including annual raises for a total of 13.5% over the duration, extra pay for first chair musicians and those who double on instruments, bonuses if a concert is live streamed or a video of the concert is posted, and contributions to the musicians’ health fund and pension plan. The four-year waiting period included a strike by the musicians, and drew the support of elected officials and celebrities.

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