Wichita Falls Symphony Ratifies One Year Extension
On September 1, 2021, the musicians of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra ratified a one-year extension agreement that runs from June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. Due to the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic, the musicians agreed it was appropriate to extend the agreement 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 2020-21 season with the addition of audition language clarifying procedures and timing of audition cycles.
Much discussion throughout negotiations focused on the orchestra’s rehearsal schedule. It has been an issue that Management has consistently proposed to change the arrangement of services for the typical orchestra concert. Given that these changes create logistical difficulties for many musicians and can also result in an overall loss of income, the musicians did not come to an agreement on these proposals, and a mostly status quo arrangement was reached. It is understood, however, that this matter will continue to be an issue when negotiations resume.
On September 27, the musicians ratified an addition to the WFSO’s COVID-19 Safety Policy, mandating vaccinations for all WFSO employees. The vaccination policy included provisions for requests for accommodations to made by reason of disability and/or deeply held religious belief.
The negotiation team consisted of musicians Dwight Anderson, Kristin Van Cleve, Nancy Cook, James Sims, Susan Younghans (chair) & Local 72-147 President Stewart Williams.