Today, by a virtually unanimous vote, we rejected the Fort Worth Symphony’s “last, best, and final offer” which was presented to us on January 18. Management is threatening to implement this offer on January 25, forcing us to work under the conditions they impose.
This offer, which is identical to their past three financial proposals submitted since October, would force us to take an 8.7% pay cut. In 2010, we accepted a 13.5% pay cut, saving the symphony over $2.3 million to date. Where did that money go? In the meantime, Orchestra management has had five years to come up with a plan for growth, but they have not. Instead, they have been depleting the Symphony’s contingency funds. Now, once again, we are being told to pay for a pattern of shortsighted management, cutting our salaries down to 2003 levels.
FWSO management’s lack of vision and stewardship is threatening the very institution they are claiming to protect. They are endangering the legacy of this symphony—unaccountable to the orchestra, our audience, and the community.
We call on management to get back to the table and bargain. Don’t destroy the legacy of Cowboys and Culture.