The Houston Symphony and Musicians Reach Four-Year Labor Agreement
The Houston Symphony Society, along with its musicians, announced today thatthey have reached a four-year labor agreement significantly ahead of schedule. The new agreement will continue aseries of musician salary increases intended to retain and attract the finest orchestra musicians possible and createnew opportunities for expanded community/educational activities and revenue-generating concerts whilemaintaining a sustainable financial position. Under the terms of the next contract, Houston Symphony minimummusician salary will increase an average of 2.85% annually to $97,240 during the 2017-18 season from its currentlevel of $86,840.
The existing contract is set to expire on October 4. Following a three-month period of highly constructive andrespectful negotiations, the new contract was ratified today by the musicians of the Houston Symphony, membersof Houston Professional Musicians Association, Local Union No. 65-699 of the American Federation ofMusicians, and by the Governing Directors of the Houston Symphony Society's Board of Trustees on April 15.The new agreement will begin October 5, 2014, and expire on October 6, 2018.
With a highly successful Centennial Season coming to a close, growing momentum is buoyed by the new laboragreement and places the Houston Symphony on track for more history- making when it welcomes the arrival ofits first Hispanic Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, who begins a five year contract at the beginning of the2014-15 season. As it approaches the end of the current fiscal year on May 31, the Houston Symphony is ontrack to achieve a balanced budget for the fourth consecutive year thanks to record-setting contributed incomeand ticket sales.
"We're very proud of these successful negotiations. The new agreement represents a further strengthening of thepartnership between musicians, staff, and the board as we continue to enhance the performance and profile of ourgreat orchestra," says Executive Director/CEO Mark C. Hanson. "The terms will enable us to grow artistically,expand our engagement with Houston's growing and diverse population and maintain a sustainable balancedbudget."