Detroit classical musicians on strike


This video from the USA is called Strike at Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

USA: The strike by Detroit Symphony Orchestra players enters its third week Monday. The 85 musicians walked out October 4 against management attempts to cut their base pay by 33 percent and the pay of starting players by 42 percent, along with additional cuts in health benefits (which would, in fact, reduce pay by more than 33 percent) and other humiliating demands. Interview with striking Detroit Symphony violist Hart Hollman: here.

What happens in Detroit will not stay in Detroit. At least, not what happens at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For while the strike under way at that venerable ensemble reflects unique and dire circumstances, both the conflict and its outcome are of great interest to the music world generally and the Cleveland Orchestra in particular, where a one-day strike took place in January: here.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike has received support from symphony musicians in New York City: here.

Members of the Cleveland Symphony joined striking members of the Detroit Symphony at an October 24 support concert before a sellout crowd of 700: here.

Hollywood musicians express support for Detroit Symphony strikers: here.

The Detroit Symphony strike and the defense of culture in the US: here.

Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky are facing an ultimatum to take steep pay and job cuts while musicians in the Fort Worth Symphony, Texas, narrowly approved harsh concessions: here.

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