“After a three-month strike and a more than yearlong contract dispute, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have reached a tentative agreement to strike up the music again,” writes Mitch Mitchell in Saturday’s (12/3) Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX). “The new contract, which is pending a musicians’ union vote Wednesday, was agreed upon after two days of federal mediation between orchestra management and the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147, according to identical statements released by both groups. The statements also said that ‘no further details regarding the agreement will be disclosed prior to the ratification.’ … The musicians went on strike Sept. 8, and management has canceled concerts through the end of the year. The musicians and FWSO Association have been trying to negotiate a new contract for more than a year.… The union has asked for pay raises, and the symphony management has said it is operating with a $700,000 annual deficit and cannot afford to increase musicians’ salaries.”

Posted December 5, 2016

Pictured: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Photo by Max Faulkner