December 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Forth Worth, TX – After strike that lasted nearly three months, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative contract agreement Dec. 3.
Both orchestra management and American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 said they would not release details of the deal until after Dec. 7, when the union’s members vote on whether to ratify it. The agreement came after two days of federal mediation; Local 72-147 rejected a proposal in September that would have cut musicians’ pay in its first year. If the members ratify the contract, the orchestra will still likely not perform until January. In October, management cancelled all concerts scheduled for the rest of this year, including one featuring trumpeter Chris Botti and a New Year’s Eve tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Read more