FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/8/11
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DSO MUSICIANS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT TO END STRIKE
Musicians thank the thousands of people who supported them over the last six months
Detroit – The ballots are counted and the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached last weekend after marathon negotiations. The vote ends one of the longest work stoppages in symphony orchestra history.
“We are relieved that this struggle is over and we can get back on stage performing the world’s greatest music,” said Karl Pituch, chair of the musicians negotiating committee. “But the problems which led to the strike, and those who were responsible for those problems continue,” he added.
American Federation of Musicians Local 5 President Gordon Stump agreed: “We want to thank the thousands of people from all over the city, the nation, and indeed the world who supported us with their letters, emails, and in many cases their money,” said Stump. “For the sake of those people, ourselves, and the thousands of classical musicians working in symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras throughout the country we are happy that the worst of the proposals were eliminated. We paid a heavy price in terms of the loss of income over the last six months and an almost 25% reduction in our salaries, but we were able to fend off management proposals which would have significantly changed the very nature of the job, and would have given the managements of other orchestras the impetus to try and gain those conditions in their orchestras.”
“In the next few years, we must try to rectify the problems which if not resolved will have us back in this mess again,” he added.
The musicians have also agreed to begin concerts this weekend which are free to the public.
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