“The San Francisco Symphony and the musicians of the orchestra have reached and approved a labor contract,” writes Janos Gereben in Tuesday’s (11/27) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The contract agreement, announced today, was approved on Nov. 17, one week prior to the expiration of the current one…. The new agreement runs through Nov. 26, 2022. It provides for a new weekly base minimum salary of $3,263, increasing to $3,570 in the final six months of the contract. The current amount is $3,200…. Musicians also receive payments for broadcasts, over-scale, seniority, and … 10 weeks paid vacation, paid sick leave, a health care plan, and annual pension payment upon retirement. Provisions … are also made for medical insurance premium sharing, beginning in the second year; transition from a housing loan program to a housing shared equity program; and increases in retirement benefits.” President Sakurako Fisher called the agreement ‘an investment by musicians, board, and staff in the future of the Symphony.’ … Chief Executive Officer Mark C. Hanson thanked [David Gaudry, Chair of the Musicians’ Negotiating Committee] and musician members on the negotiating committee ‘for their constructive and focused efforts, as well as the Board of Governors and our staff negotiating team.’ ”

Posted November 28, 2018