Hartford Symphony Orchestra comes to agreement with American Federation of Musicians; new collective bargaining agreement signed
Hartford, CT (January 20, 2016) – In the spirit of compromise and reconciliation, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and union representatives of the American Federation of Musicians Local 400 (AFM) have come to an agreement on a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This contract will run through August 31, 2019.
This comprehensive new CBA positions the 72-year-old organization for growth, important long term fundraising campaigns, and dynamic artistic programming.
With this agreement, audiences can expect all lines of HSO programming will be maintained with some minor modifications, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series, Discovery Series, and Talcott Mountain Music Festival, as well as all education programming and community engagement.
“The musicians are committed to the mission of providing symphonic music to the Greater Hartford community,” said Greig Shearer, head of the musicians’ negotiating team. “We are gratified that Music Director Carolyn Kuan has joined us in making personal sacrifices for the benefit of the Orchestra.” Kuan agreed to a salary reduction commensurate with those agreed to by the musicians.
The Board of Directors assured us that, if we agreed to these concessions, they would be able to embark upon a fundraising campaign to rebuild the endowment to ensure a bright future for the Orchestra,” Shearer added.
“We are absolutely thrilled that we have come to an agreement with the AFM,” said Jeff Verney, Chairman of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. “Together we will bring orchestral music to the community in venues such as performance halls, schools, hospitals, museums, libraries, homes, and outdoor festivals. We look forward to strong support, including financial support, from the community which has so passionately encouraged the HSO during these past several months to come to an agreement and play on!”
“The musicians of the Hartford Symphony wish to express our appreciation to our community for supporting the HSO,” Assistant Principal Oboist and negotiation team member Steve Wade said. “We promise that the orchestra will continue playing at the highest professional level and in a manner that the people of Greater Hartford have rightly come to expect from their flagship orchestra. We also would like the people of our region to continue to support us, and to support the arts and the artists that are so important to the quality of all our daily lives.”
We invite you to celebrate and support the HSO and musicians as they continue this season this Thursday through Sunday with Battle of the Batons at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.