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.

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 …

CSO musicians reject latest proposal, strike continues

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike will persist, as the musicians’ union rejected management’s latest proposal late Monday night.

Now in its second week, the CSO musicians’ strike continues

Little progress has been made in resolving the work stoppage at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO management said Monday during a conference call. The strike has now endured for a week, since 11:59 p.m. on March 10. Since the strike began, various artists and public figures have appeared on the picket line to voice their support for the CSO musicians. …

Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle stands with picketing CSO musicians

On a rainy Thursday morning, Cook County Board President and Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle visited Symphony Center to stand with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians.

‘I am here with my musicians’: Maestro Muti joins striking CSO musicians

Usually caught in a neither-nor position straddling the artistic and administrative halves of the organizations, music directors have historically stayed out of labor disputes in major orchestras.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians take to the picket line

Picketing began yesterday on the sidewalks outside the entrances to Symphony Center in the Loop, as the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marched off their first full day on strike.

Chicago Symphony musicians on strike after talks break down

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians say they are on strike after contract talks broke down. They say in a news release that picket lines will form starting at 8 a.m. Monday. They say management is still trying to reduce their pension benefits after nearly a year of negotiations. The musicians walked out after completing a Sunday afternoon concert …

24-Hour Countdown for Impending CSO Strike Begins

Contract negotiations between Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians and management have continued throughout the weekend to avoid a musicians’ strike, which would be the orchestra’s second in less than a decade. Last month, musicians voted to authorize a strike if a suitable three-year contract could not be reached by midnight this Sunday, March 10. According to a Chicago Federation of …

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians authorize strike for March 10 over new contract

Today, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra voted to authorize a strike if they cannot reach an agreement on a new contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association by March 10. In September 2018, CSO musicians agreed to a half-year extension when the previous three-year contract term ended. This extension period, which ends on March 10, was meant to give more …