Tentative Agreement Reached To End CSO Musician Strike

Steve Miller
April 26, 2019 - 6:43 pm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians Go On Strike

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There is a tentative agreement ending the musicians strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  A spokesman for musicians said they are expected to vote Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to ratify the agreement.

Mayor Emanuel called both sides in to negotiate — and now his office has released a statement:

"I am pleased to announce that, after convening both parties at City Hall for a successful negotiating session, the management and the musicians have reached an agreement in principle to bring the music back to Symphony Center."

See the full statement below:

In response to the news, CSO President Jeff Alexander said the musicians are grateful for Emanuel's support.

“We are grateful to Mayor Emanuel and his staff for their important work today in helping the parties reach a resolution, and for his strong support of culture and the arts in Chicago," Jeff Alexander said in a statement. "We are making arrangements to bring the tentative agreement to our Board for ratification.”  

The 105 musicians have been on strike for almost seven weeks. It is the longest strike in CSO history.

Two contentious issues have been salary and retirement benefits.

CSO said they are pleased with the mayor's work to help end the strike. The actual agreement is not yet known but will me made clear after a vote Saturday.