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Posted by THE SYSTEM on November 23, 2017 at 6:49 PM

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Re: “Annotating the Music

Here´s a few points you missed, in case you want to fact check your own:
* The musicians raised nearly half the difference on their own between what the board wants and what the musicians want. In one concert.
* 20 hours a week on the clock does not include practice and preparation time.
* The musicians are asking for the ability for leave in order to allow the SSO to pay so little yearly. No one is ditching anyone, and it is a compliment to the organization to work with another orchestra. Subs are there for a reason. If they aren´t suitable -- don´t put them on the sub list.
* The symphony is over their umbrella policy for the value of the instruments on stage. If there was a flood at the Fox and everyone´s instrument was lost, some would not be replaced.
* 50 percent health premium paid for the individual. None paid for a musician´s spouse, or God forbid they have a family. It is all too possible to *owe* the symphony money if you have their insurance and are covering a family.
* The pension plan is around 3 percent a year, or around 500 dollars. Wow. Fun. After 30 years of playing, that sounds like winning the lottery to me.
For those of you who aren´t good with numbers, (David...), that equates to about 1 full year of salary. For retirement.
* Everything else that could be cut has most definitely not been cut. Remember those raises for administration, conductors and soloists?
One more comment about leave. The musicians are not asking for unlimited leave. They want to be here. But, occasionally an opportunity will come their way. What is so obtuse about giving one musician leave for one concert a year? You´ll give them leave for an audition -- a job interview -- for the chance to leave altogether, but not for one concert? A situation that they are guaranteed to return?
Also, who the heck is graduating during the symphony season? They are done with the season by June.
Last comment. This discussion would still take place with an entirely different set of musicians. It´s not the people that are the problem, it´s the situation the board is putting them in.
By the way, nice web site, David. I hope you´re a better CPA than whatever else you do in your spare time.
Best regards,
Real life.

Posted by beeee on 11/20/2012 at 10:44 PM

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