LA Phil 2nd violinist Kristine Whitson (center) joined members of the striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the picket line.
After seven weeks on strike, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra voted unanimously on April 27, 2019 to ratify a new five-year contract, ending the longest strike in the orchestra’s history.
“Great thanks to the thousands of friends who attended concerts, wrote letters, signed petitions, picketed, came to the picket line and more,” the orchestra posted on its Facebook page. “Your support and Mayor Emanuel’s leadership made this agreement possible.” Continue reading
The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are now in the seventh week of their strike. This strike is the result of unacceptable demands made by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, including minimal salary increases and that the musicians agree to close their defined-benefit pension plan and replace it with a defined-contribution system (e.g., 401k or 403b accounts). Continue reading