January 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, Conn- Talks were scheduled to resume Dec. 28 between musicians and management at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra—which management is threatening to close at the end of January if the musicians don’t take a 30% pay cut.
“If this meeting is to be productive, you need to start to look at the negotiations from a more realistic perspective,” American Federation of Musicians Local 400 said in a Dec. 21 letter to Stephen Collins, director of artistic operations and administration. “Management is only interested in discussing concessions by the musicians, not ways to balance the budget.” Local 400 already made concessions to help the symphony survive the Great Recession, the union said. Closing the orchestra would be an illegal lockout, it added, and management would be required to pay the musicians for the full 2015-16 season. Read more