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Symphony, musicians tuned for mediation

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs “Sounds of New Orleans” in their pop series, with guest performer Byron Stripling on trumpet as well as vocals, and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs “Sounds of New Orleans” in their pop series, with guest performer Byron Stripling on trumpet as well as vocals, and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz. Special to Star-Telegram

Now that the fireworks are over, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and musicians can get back to labor negotiations.

Less than a month remains on the current contract, and the symphony and musicians are headed to federal mediation far apart on which direction to take on the musicians’ pay.

The symphony’s argument is that Dallas-Fort Worth corporate giving has shrunk due to mergers and cutbacks and that many of the symphony’s primary corporate donors have fallen by the wayside in recent years.

The musicians, represented by American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147, argue that Dallas-Fort Worth is still growing and that other orchestras nationwide are finding new ways to raise money.

Federal labor negotiators are called in to help settle a contact that is within 30 days of expiration.

It’s too bad this went this far. Mediation won’t make either side happy, but it will help find a way to settle.

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