Musicians' Strike Leads to Disharmony at the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

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There’s been some discord in the San Francisco symphony orchestra lately.

After a protest at San Francisco Hall yesterday, the musicians of the award winning SF Orchestra have gone on full-on strike, in response to “management's stalling negotiations and other financial issues." David Gaudry, Chair of the Musicians’ Negotiating Committee made a statement, elaborating on the musicians’ demands: “Management continues to stall negotiations and refuses to open its financial books so that we can reach a fair deal that will allow us to remain one of the best orchestras in the world,” he explained. “With one week to reach a deal and no movement on their offer, management’s strategy is clearly to run out the clock. Management is seeking a contract that will not even allow us to keep up with the cost of living, while cutting our retirement. At the same time, Management has rewarded itself significant bonuses, expanded programming and announced it will pursue a more than $500 million renovation of Davies Hall. We had sincerely hoped that there would not be a disruption, but the future of our symphony is at stake.”

In response however, as spokesperson for the orchestra stated that, in fact, the musicians of the SFSO are among the highest paid in the world – with a yearly salary of $160,000 and 10 weeks' paid vacation. Meanwhile, the strike has led to the cancellation of the orchestra’s March 14th performance. Regardless of who comes out on top, the disappointed patrons will be at a loss. Tickets will be fully refunded.


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