To the management of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,
We are writing in support of the musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra who are vital to our town’s culture and economy. They teach our kids, perform for our families, patronize our businesses, and are an integral part of Fort Worth’s renowned “Cowboys and Culture” way of life.
Some of us are long-time symphony subscribers, some are first-time concert-goers, and others live and work in the area. We are all extremely concerned about the path you are on.
Since September 2015, you have insisted that musicians take an 8.7% pay cut—dragging salaries back to 2003 levels. Going backward is not the Fort Worth way.
Musicians took a 13.5% cut in 2010, saving the orchestra over $2.3 million to help with the bottom line. That was during the recession—but even now you claim you cannot raise more money in our thriving economy.
Balancing the budget on the backs of the musicians is wrong. We stand with the musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony, and are ready to act to support them. We call on you to negotiate a fair contract now—a contract promoting growth, not cuts.
Update 1/30/2016: After threatening to unilaterally impose pay cuts, orchestra management has agreed to maintain 2014-15 wages through July 31, 2016 and immediately return to the bargaining table. But this isn’t the end—musicians continue to call for a contract promoting #GrowthNotCuts, reflecting Fort Worth’s thriving economy and honoring the legacy of “Cowboys and Culture”. Sign the open letter now!
From the Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, AFM Local 72-147