Symphony says music could end without union deal

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The board that oversees the Hartford Symphony Orchestra says it could be forced to shut down unless a union that represents musicians is willing to make concessions.

The symphony’s director of artistic operations and administration, Stephen Collins, tells the Hartford Courant that the symphony is running an approximately $1 million annual deficit and will have to make “very difficult decisions” early next year.

The board’s most recent contract with the musicians union expired in June 2014.

Michael Pollard, an HSO violinist and member of the union’s negotiating team, says the union is not the problem and even if it accepted every concession the symphony’s financial problems would not be solved.

In September, the National Labor Relations Board said the HSO had failed to bargain in good faith with the union.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

 

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