The OSM and the Musicians' Association Come to a Four-Year Agreement

MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with the Québec Musicans' Guild for the renewal of the collective agreement binding the two parties until 2014.

The agreement was reached following intensive negotiations that lasted close to a week with the assistance of a mediator. The mediator's proposal on outstanding clauses was accepted by the OSM's executive committee and by the Association des musiciens at a general meeting of the members.

"On the eve of the inaugural concert for the OSM's new hall, management of the Orchestra is very happy about this agreement, which was negotiated in the best interests of both parties.  Management and the union both made compromises and demonstrated the open-mindedness needed to come to an agreement," stated Lucien Bouchard, chairman of the OSM.

"With the inauguration of its new hall, the OSM is writing a new chapter in its history in which the musicians, directed by maestro Kent Nagano, will obviously play a major role. Thanks to today's agreement, the musicians will be able to play to their full talent for the benefit of the many music enthusiasts who follow the OSM," continued Mr. Bouchard.

Madeleine Careau, chief executive officer of the OSM, pointed out that the agreement respects the Orchestra's ability to pay while taking into account the union's objective and offering to the musicians a remuneration in line with their stature. "We faced the challenge of coming to an agreement that preserves the Orchestra's financial equilibrium while recognizing the excellence of its musicians. Thanks to both parties' goodwill, we were able to achieve this objective," she said.

The agreement provides for wage increases of 10.5% over four years, as well as improvements to the musicians' pension plan.

Under the new agreement, musicians will benefit financially from the broadcast of concerts on new digital platforms. "This type of broadcast will increase the OSM's exposure, and we agreed that the musicians' contribution would be recognized through a profit-sharing formula related to this type of activity," stated Ms. Careau.

The OSM's inaugural concert in its new hall will take place tomorrow evening under the baton of Kent Nagano. Moreover, the OSM invites the public to free visits of its new home during open house events that will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon.


For further information:

Source : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Marie-Josée Desrochers Directrice principale, Communications et Marketing
(514) 840-7416

Renseignements: Céline Choiselat
Chief, Media relations
(514) 840-7414

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