“They’re working ahead: The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 2-197, announced that they have come to an agreement on a new five-year contract,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Monday’s (1/30) St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This is newsworthy in part because it comes more than seven months before the expiration of the old contract, and in part because the length of the labor stability it will give the SLSO. The new contract runs through Aug. 28, 2022…. There will be pay increases averaging 2.8 percent annually, for an increase in the minimum scale from $86,053 in fiscal 2017 to $98,304 in fiscal 2022, and a half-percent increase in the pension contribution rate starting in the contract’s third year. Work rules will also be adjusted, permitting more flexibility in scheduling and in how the orchestra is used, more efficiency in rehearsals, adding personal days for the first time, and increasing flexibility in touring rules.”

Posted January 31, 2017