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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Thread for Baltimore Symphony Updates Reply with quote

Press Statement 1-16-2019
Baltimore Symphony Musicians January 16, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore Symphony Management Refuses to Extend Musicians’ Contract

The four-month contract extension between the management of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Corporation and its musicians represented by American Federation of Musicians Local 40-543 expired last night at midnight. The BSO management expressed no desire to extend the contract in writing.
The musicians are fighting in these negotiations to preserve the institution’s identity as a 52-week major orchestra. Our priorities are focused on maintaining a competitive compensation and benefit package that will allow the organization to attract and retain high caliber musicians, on maintaining and improving the health and safety of our musicians, and on empowering the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to bring transcendent performances to audiences in Maryland and beyond.
The BSO management has asked for drastic reductions in the structure of the organization from 52 to 40 weeks. This alone would result in a 20% loss in annual salary and benefits to the musicians. This destructive direction would damage the Baltimore Symphony for generations to come.
The Baltimore Symphony Musicians will continue playing on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and at the Music Center at Strathmore at the highest professional level for our audiences unless management locks us out or unilaterally stops respecting contract terms.
The Baltimore Symphony Musicians remain committed to serving the community by improving people’s lives through music.
Contact: Co-Chairs Baltimore Symphony Musicians
Greg Mulligan (410) 979-0208 opus95gm@gmail.com Brian Prechtl (410) 935-7322 bprechtl.1962@yahoo.com
URL: http://www.bsomusicians.org/public_html/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSymphonyMusicians/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bso_musicians
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/baltimoresymphonymusicians/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:03 pm    Post subject: Management/Players Give Their Side of the Story ON DEM audio Reply with quote

Scroll beneath "BSO Contract Dispute" and start the player HERE:
management is first.....
http://www.wypr.org/post/bso-contract-dispute

or you can SEE and hear the interview HERE:
https://www.facebook.com/WYPR881FM/videos/294848084523449/

Tom is joined in Studio A by, Peter Kjome President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and BSO Vice President and General Manager Tonya McBride Robles.

Later, we'll hear from percussionist and co-chair of the Player's Committee Brain Prechtl; and Jane Marvine, a Player's Committee memeber and English Horn player who has been with the BSO since 197
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Peter Kjome announced that we are united!

The musicians and management have joined forces to preserve the world-class BSO by working to restore public funding for the BSO to pre-recession levels.

In recent weeks, we have met with legislators across the state to build support for this effort. This is possible because you have joined us in collectively taking action in support of our BSO.

We are not there yet, but momentum is on our side. Now is an important moment to say thank you to everyone who is helping us get there.

Please join us in thanking all of the leaders who have met with us and are working to preserve our world-class BSO by TAKING ACTION in our action center. You can click through to say thank you to each leader individually.

Sincerely,

Brian Prechtl
Greg Mulligan
Co-Chairs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musicians
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McIntosh files bill to give Baltimore Symphony Orchestra $3.2M over two years, create study group on finances
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-bso-bill-20190228-story.html
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see a good outcome...
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