Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians sport their own specially branded black-and-gold T-shirts that say "Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra." The photo was taken during the orchestra's August residency at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
By Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Labor Day weekend did not yield a new contract for the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The PSO's management and musicians have agreed to a two-week extension on the musicians' current contract, buying the parties additional time as they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
The contract was to expire at midnight tonight. The extension ends on Sept. 18, allowing the PSO to go forward with its fundraising gala on Sept. 17, featuring music director Manfred Honeck and violinist Gil Shaham.
"The parties have met for the past three days without reaching an agreement," bassist Micah Howard, chairman of the musicians' committee, said. "The musicians want nothing more than to reach an agreement with the PSI on a new contract that preserves the world-class orchestra that Pittsburgh has had for 120 years. To that end, despite tonight's contract expiration, the musicians have agreed to a 14-day contract extension ending on Sept. 18, so that the annual gala may proceed as scheduled on Sept. 17. During that time, we will continue to negotiate with management in good faith."
PSI is short for Pittsburgh Symphony Inc., which refers to symphony management. The musicians are members of Local 60-471 of the American Federation of Musicians.
Details about the negotiations remain private, as the two sides agreed to a media blackout.
"The parties have agreed to a 14-day extension and a continued media blackout for the negotiations, and this will carry us through the gala, which is Sept. 17," said Louise Sciannameo, vice president for public affairs.
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