September 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Fort Worth, TX – Fort Worth Symphony musicians voted Sept. 6 to authorize a strike, two days after they rejected a proposed four-year contract that would have cut their pay by up to 7.5%.
“Our serious decision to provide authorization for a strike is about more than wages and benefits,” said cellist Shelley Jessup, a member of American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147’s negotiations committee.
“The cuts we have seen since 2010 threaten to undo all the work that donors, musicians, and citizens have done over the last 100 years to build the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra into the world-class orchestra our city deserves.” With the 2016-17 season scheduled to begin Sept. 9, the musicians have been working under a contract that expired July 31. The symphony had a deficit of about $500,000 in its last season. Read more