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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians on strike, reject pay cut demand

Sep 30, 2016

All performances scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled

 11:12 AM EDT Sep 30, 2016
PITTSBURGH —Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) musicians are on strike after unanimously rejecting calls for a 15-percent pay cuts, pension changes and staffing cuts they say are proposed by management.  Musicians from American Federation of Musicians, Local 60-471 are actively protesting in front of Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh. As a result of this strike, all performances scheduled to occur this weekend, including the John Williams event, have been cancelled according to the PSO.

The union says the consequences of those cuts would be "severe and immediate" and result in musicians leaving and an inability to attract top-notch players.

According to the PSO, the base salary for it's musicians is $107,000 with several orchestra members being paid more than double this with overscale.  They also receive 10 weeks of paid vacation time per year, a minimum of 12 weeks of paid sick time per year, and paid sabbaticals.

The musicians have agreed to concessions in the past, most recently a nearly 10-percent pay cut in 2011, to help the orchestra deal with funding issues.

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