Late Friday night the the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative agreement on a new contract proposal. The results of the ratification voting by both the musicians and the BSO board are expected to be announced sometime on Monday, September 23rd.
The settlement came on the 96th day of what the BSO musician's union called The Great Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Work Stoppage, during which BSO management locked out the musicians for the summer.
"Our battles are not over," said Mary C. Plaine, Secretary-Treasurer of the Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians. "But if the proposal is passed, maybe we will have some time to catch our breath." She thanked everyone who supported the musicians over the last 14 weeks.
photo: Ellen Pendleton Troyer, Delmar Stewart and Schuyler Jackson (not pictured) stand with striking UAW workers at White Marsh who are fighting for job security, fair wages and affordable healthcare.