Once again, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra management has stonewalled our efforts to come to agreement and insure the health of the symphony and downtown Fort Worth. Management refuses to bargain over economic issues, and says anything less than concessions is unacceptable.
Our proposal this week has come down by over $1 million compared to our last—while keeping our commitment to the city of Fort Worth that the orchestra must thrive and grow.
Management hasn't moved off their own financial proposal since October, saying that “there is no evidence that the economy is thriving in Fort Worth.” But this flies in the face of basic common sense.
In 2010, we accepted a 13.5% pay cut, saving the symphony over $2.3 million to date. Where did that money go? Now, once again, the musicians are being told to pay for a pattern of shortsighted management, cutting salaries down to 2003 levels.
Management’s proposal threatens to undo decades of growth and stewardship. We will not let that happen. We demand a fair contract, and we call for leadership. Going backwards is not the Fort Worth way.