November 25, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Pushed by the National Labor Relations Board, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra has agreed to issue contracts to musicians for the current year.
Local 400 of the American Federation of Musicians announced the settlement Nov. 19, after the NLRB upheld its complaint that management’s refusal to offer contracts for the 2015-16 season by the May 1 deadline was an unfair labor practice.
Management wants to cut the number of paid performances and rehearsals that the core musicians are guaranteed. Violinist Michael Pollard said the settlement “provides a starting point” for reaching an agreement. The dispute has not interrupted the orchestra’s season, as neither side has publicly threatened a strike or lockout. Read more