Fort Worth Symphony Ratifies One Year Extension
On June 7, 2021, the musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra ratified a one-year extension agreement that runs from August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. Due to the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic, the musicians agreed it was appropriate to extend the agreement, as had been done the year before, and resume negotiations in 2022 for a successor agreement to begin with the 2022-23 season.
All terms and conditions are identical to those which were in effect during the 2019-20 season, with the addition of mutual respect language prohibiting harassment at the workplace, updated pension language, and the addition of Oboe III/English Horn as a new core orchestra position (which has since been auditioned and hired).
It was also agreed that an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan would be negotiated for the 2021-22 season, to be in accordance with currently applicable medical guidance from the CDC.
The negotiation team consisted of musicians Buddy Bray, Chair; Debbie Brooks, Jeff Hall, Cara Owens, Kyle Sherman, Local 72-147 President Stewart Williams, Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Pino, and Counsel Kevin Case.