This isn’t the first time management has demanded cuts. During the recession, musicians agreed to a 13.5% pay cut—saving the orchestra over $2.3 million since 2010. Yet as the economy recovered, the symphony’s budget has actually gone down, from a high of $13.1 million in 2009 to $11.9 million in 2014.
Once again, the musicians are being told to pay for a pattern of short-sighted management. We continue to bargain, but we are concerned that management still insists full-time work be cut from 46 to 39 weeks. Fort Worth deserves an orchestra that reflects its vital role in our community.
This week we submitted our third financial counter-proposal with significant additional savings to the orchestra, as well as a one year pay freeze. In turn, we call for a fair contract and credible fundraising plan that grows our orchestra during a time of economic strength in the region.