In Thursday’s (8/18) San Antonio Express-News (Texas), David Hendricks reports, “The [San Antonio] Symphony Society is looking at a ‘significant’ financial loss for the 2010-11 season for the first time in seven seasons, symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman said Wednesday. The loss comes despite a pay cut for musicians the last half of the season. Fishman declined to specify the size of the organization’s 2010-11 financial loss, saying it must be presented first to the organization’s board of directors. San Antonio Symphony musicians recently filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the Symphony Society of failing to negotiate in good faith. New-contract negotiations between musicians and the San Antonio Symphony Society will resume Sept. 1 after a summer hiatus. The musicians’ 2007-2011 contract expires Aug. 31, although the 2010-11 performance season ended in June. The symphony’s 2011-12 concert season is scheduled to begin the first week of October.” The musicians’ complaint states that the Symphony Society of reducing the number of contract weeks per season “without bargaining over such terms.” The article continues, “The musicians agreed to a 6 percent pay cut between February and June, the last half of the season. The musicians and the administrative staff also took a 14 percent pay reduction toward the end of the 2008-09 season.”

Posted August 18, 2011