The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra board, musicians, and management announced that a new three-year contract has been signed between the orchestra and its musicians. Negotiations had been underway since January to replace a three-year contract set to expire on August 31, 2009. The new contract—39 weeks in the first year, and 40 weeks in years two and three—will freeze musician salaries during the first two years and increase in year three by 4.5 percent. The agreement also calls for improvements in working conditions and an agreement to produce a recording of the orchestra. Musicians have agreed to participate in the Organizational Renewal Project, the orchestra’s long-range strategic plan, now underway. “We are very satisfied with the results of the musician contract negotiations; everyone involved made sure that the best interests of the orchestra came first,” said Alice Kendrick, co-chair of the orchestra’s negotiating committee.
Posted August 7, 2009