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Fort Worth Symphony chooses not to enforce musician wage cuts

Orchestra musicians march downtown after strike authorization vote

Members of the American of Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 protest the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra administration after seven months of bargaining for a new contract.
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Members of the American of Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 protest the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra administration after seven months of bargaining for a new contract.

Fort Worth Symphony management chose not to implement pay cuts on Monday for its musicians, the musicians’ union told the Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

According to the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147, the concessionary terms, including a more than 8 percent pay cut, have not been forced on musicians.

“Musicians will be meeting to decide about moving the negotiations forward later in the week,” union secretary/treasurer Stewart Williams said. “We will have no further comment until after the meeting.”

Fort Worth Symphony president Amy Adkins declined to comment on the ongoing contract negotiations.

Talks between the two sides began in June, about a month before the musicians’ contract expired. The union has asked for pay raises in a proposed four-year contract, while management has proposed an 8 percent pay cut, largely through the reduction of paid time off, as the orchestra has operated with deficits for several years.

The orchestra recently canceled its planned six-city tour of Spain, and the symphony projects a deficit of $650,000 for the current season.

Last week, musicians voted to authorize a strike and also rejected what management had called its final offer. A news release issued by the FWSO on Friday said the final offer would be implemented on Monday.

At its “Night at the Oscars” concert on Friday at Bass Hall, musicians wore green ribbons and held signs saying “growth not cuts” prior to the performance.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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