NewsDec 21, 02:04 PM
Although a 15 hour negotiating session on December 14, 2007 yielded $1.25 million in concessions from musicians, the Jacksonville Symphony Association (JSA) and the Jacksonville Symphony Players’ Association (JSPA) were unable to craft a final agreement. As a result, the current lockout will continue well into the opening weeks of 2008. Furthermore, the JSA will carry out plans to cancel musician health care coverage at the end of December
According to a musician spokesperson, most of the points in the musician’s five year offer were agreed on in principle between both sides. These included:
- A salary freeze for the first three years, a 2.5 percent increase in year four, and a 3 percent increase in year five.
- 37 week season for the term of the contract.
- Switching to a new health insurance provider that includes coverage for domestic partners.
- Eliminating three overscale positions for titled chairs. These positions would revert to the base pay formula.
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