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. The nearly month-long work stoppage began on March 10 a minute before midnight when negotiations between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the Chicago Federation of Musicians reached an impasse. The two parties failed to agree on the type of the musicians’ …

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

While standing amid picketing Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians this morning, CSO music director Riccardo Muti advocated passionately for an undiminished orchestra and its highest-level art. “I am here with my musicians, proud of my musicians,” he said, following remarks from CSO bassist and negotiating committee chair Steve Lester and Chicago Federation of Musicians president Terryl Jares. Muti’s presence made a …

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. Wielding signs reading “On Strike — Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians — Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208,” musicians paced off a line in front of the doors between 8 …