Cleveland Orchestra on strike; Seattle Symphony may be next
It looked all along that the situation with the Cleveland Orchestra would get ugly, and it has.
The players went on strike Monday, a move that threatens an educational residency at Indiana University and concerts in Miami as part of the orchestra's annual residency. One slight bright spot: a bargaining session is scheduled for Monday at noon.
Money, of course, is the main issue -- management, having already gone through its own pay cuts, wants a 5 percent reduction in musician salaries this year, with a return to current level the year after and a 2.5 percent rise the third year. Players countered with an offer of a pay freeze this year. This is going to be a tough PR battle for both sides.
Same out West, where the Seattle Symphony players have authorized a strike; no word yet on when, or if, that threat will be carried out.