Agreement reached in Cleveland Orchestra strike

By Lawrence A. Johnson

 After a 30-hour negotiating session, striking Cleveland Orchestra musicians and management reached an agreement early Tuesday morning, bringing the ensemble’s 24-hour strike to an end and allowing its Miami concerts to take place as planned.

The new-three-year contract calls for a two-year wage freeze through August 2011, followed by wage increases of 3% and 2% in the subsequent year.  In addition, the musicians will donate up to 10 services, and have agreed to increase their medical premium contribution beginning in July 2011.  
In a released statement, executive director Gary Hanson said, “Both sides worked effectively through a difficult process to reach an unprecedented agreement that will do much to help the association’s finances going forward.  I am very grateful for the musicians’ passion and abiding concern for the Orchestra’s artistic excellence.” 
The agreement was ratified by the musicians on Tuesday afternoon at Severance Hall, clearing the way for the orchestra to perform their Miami residency concerts at the Arsht Center starting Friday night.

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