The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians, who are represented by the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, AFM Local 40-543, announced today that they have reached a five-year agreement on a new contract that begins on September 7. The contract provides “foundational stability” and marks the first long-term agreement since a three-year contract expired in 2016 and follows a summer-long lockout of the musicians last year. “This long term agreement will allow us to continue to attract world class musicians and will give us the freedom to concentrate on what we do best,” said BSO Players’ Committee Chair Brian Prechtl, “making sublime music that nurtures and uplifts hearts, minds and spirit.” Union Secretary-Treasurer Mary Plaine added that “We’ve come a long way in the last year and a half,” and thank everyone who supported the musicians during the lockout, saying “You helped get us to where we are today.”
Details of the agreement are here.
BSO players (left to right) Matt Barker, Andy Balio and Rene Shapiro perform at the press conference announcing the new five year contract. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)