Negotiations Underway with Waco Symphony
Negotiations are underway with the Waco Symphony Association, as a one year extension of the orchestra’s previous collective bargaining agreement will expire at the end of this month. After surveying the orchestra’s players and preparing opening proposals, the Negotiation Team met with Management in early May.
Through summer months, Management prepared for the upcoming 2023-24 season and considered proposals brought to them through the negotiations. Negotiation Sessions will resume soon to continue moving the process forward for a progressive successor agreement.
In the context of this negotiation, the WSO has been experiencing institutional change with the appointment of a new executive director in recent years, and has also begun a search for a new Music Director.
Musicians serving on the negotiation team consist of Players’ Committee Members Kristin Mortenson, Kim Hagelstein, Nicole Paglialonga, Dwight Anderson and Kyp Green. Working with Local 72-147 President Stewart Williams, the team is planning organizing initiatives for the orchestra members and developing proposals for the upcoming negotiation. “It is a time for change with the Waco Symphony, and everyone is excited about building a new and promising future,” says Local 72-147 President Stewart Williams.
More updates about this negotiation are expected soon.