San Francisco Symphony musicians go on strike, Thursday concert canceled 

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After a controversial demonstration in City Hall yesterday didn’t convince the San Francisco Symphony’s management to change their tune on musicians compensation, it looks like it’s time to face the music.

According to Bay City News, the Symphony’s musicians announced a strike on Wednesday, canceling a scheduled concert on Thursday. The musicians and management both held separate news conferences today at 11 a.m.

BCN’s Dan McMenamin reported yesterday that the collective bargaining agreement between the musicians and the symphony ended Feb. 15 and that the musicians had been unsatisfied with management’s latest proposal.

The musicians feel that they are being underpaid compared with their peers, saying they make about $7,500 less per year than members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A few of the musicians gathered for an impromptu concert at City Hall yesterday wearing Dodgers baseball caps to make their point. That does not sit well with Giants fans.

McMenamin also reported that San Francisco Symphony members currently average more than $165,000 a year, making them the third-highest paid orchestra in the country, according to the Symphony’s spokesman.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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