Cleveland Orchestra Members have New Union Contract

About 100 musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra will receive annual 2% pay increases under a three-year contract that will take them through the 2020-2021 season.

In addition to the pay increases, the agreement creates a new fifth tier of seniority pay for musicians who have been orchestra members for 25 years, increases retirement benefits, provides higher levels of life insurance and long-term disability benefits.

However, the musicians’ contribution towards the cost of their healthcare premiums will increase during each year of the agreement. This is very typical in collective bargaining agreements now due in large part because of the escalating cost of health care. A joint labor-management advisory committee will also be established to review health plan features and discuss possible cost-containment measures.

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