FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth Symphony musicians voted Tuesday to authorize union leaders to call for a strike.
The strike authorization vote comes as the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 plans to reopen contract negotiations with symphony management on Wednesday morning. Musicians rejected a proposed four-year deal that included lower annual pay on Sunday.
“Our serious decision to provide authorization for a strike is about more than wages and benefits,” said cellist Shelley Jessup, who is a member of the union’s negotiations committee. “Fort Worth is a proud destination city and should have a destination orchestra. The cuts we have seen since 2010 threaten to undo all the work that donors, musicians and citizens have done over the last 100 years to build the FWSO into the world class orchestra our city deserves.”
Symphony management said it was disappointed that musicians rejected the proposed contract on Sunday and then voted Tuesday evening to authorize “a strike that benefits no one.”
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