CSO Contract Ratified, Strike Ends After 7 Weeks

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike has ended and a new, five-year contract through September 2023 has been ratified, the CSO musicians and management have confirmed.

CSO Musicians and Management Reach an Agreement with help from Mayor Emanuel

The office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement early Friday evening announcing that, after convening at City Hall on Friday with the Mayor, both Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and management “have reached an agreement in principle to bring the music back to Symphony Center.” In a joint statement released Friday evening, the CSO Musicians and CSO Association thanked …

Rahm Emanuel to Assist in CSO Negotiations

The Chicago Federation of Musicians and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association both accepted an offer from outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday night to assist in negotiations that have stalled and led to the longest strike in CSO history. In a statement, Mayor Emanuel wrote that “after speaking with both parties, it appears that we should be able to achieve an …

CSO Musicians Call for Continued Negotiations Amid Ongoing Strike

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra publicly called for management to return to the table to resolve the labor dispute now in its seventh week, the longest in the orchestra’s history. “We’re calling on the association to resume negotiations immediately,” said Steve Lester, a CSO bassist and the chair of the negotiating committee for the musicians’ union. “The damage …

CSO Strike: Another round of failed talks, another round of canceled concerts

This week saw the breakdown of another negotiation session between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association on Tuesday, April 16, prolonging the strike that began just before midnight on March 10. A statement released by management says the musicians shared a “counter proposal to the Association’s last, best and final offer,” which had been delivered …