FORT WORTH, Texas - The three-month strike by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians is over. Members of the union approved an agreement with orchestra management.
The two groups had a breakthrough in negotiations after a donor gave a $700,000 gift to make up the orchestra’s current deficit.
The musicians will have their pay frozen for two years, but they’ll get small raises the following two years of the contract.
"This generous donation provides the necessary stability for the next several years as we continue to implement plans to increase both earned and contributed revenue, including the ever-important growth of our endowment fund. We are also grateful to the musicians for their shared sacrifice by accepting wage freezes as we work together to find a new path forward for this great orchestra,” said Amy Adkins, FWSO’s president and CEO.
"We are incredibly moved by the generosity which has made this agreement possible," said Dan Sigale, a FWSO violist and chairman of the musicians' negotiating committee. "We also thank all our supporters who have stood by us during these past several months. We look forward to returning to our regular performances and sharing great music with our great city."
The first performance following the strike is scheduled for New Year’s Eve at the Bass Performance Hall.