(No too Bad; No too Good!)
The Scala Of Milan Orchestra’s musicians went to strike when Maestro Ricardo Muti was its Director several years ago. – Professor Muti is also a musician, but he had a different contract. – As La Scala of Milan’s patrons were there (as the CSO patrons were at the CSO Theater last night): Director Ricardo Muti (who is an excellent pianist) played Beethoven, (The Fifth Piano Concert, if my memory is correct). – Because the musicians strike, the public didn’t have the concert they pay for, but everyone were delighted by Muti performance, and really happy any way! – As I had to work last night, I did’n got my tickets, so I am not sure if Ricardo Muti play some thing for the patrons of CSO last night, but seems to me they were not as lucky as the Italian Public were. – Nobody hurt Maestro Muti, nor even disagree with him, in Italy!
Last Tuesday, this week, children of Chicago’s Public Schools went back to classes after 2 weeks of Teacher’s strike. The Mayor of City of Chicago (Democrat politician, Mr. Emmanuel) is a few weeks away from elections day; so he didn’t stick his neck into the negotiation with the Teacher’s Union.
But when the strike was over, he fired his subordinate the Director of Public Schools, and went to an School to shot himself a photographs for the Press, with some children, the very first day back to School. Did he apologize? … I didn’t hear any!
The CEO of an Japanese Airline resigned because one of his Airline’s aircraft crashed, several years ago. The CEO was not the Safety Director of that Company, he didn’t fired the Safety Director, as he was not a Samurai he either did Harakiri, but resigned any way. Mayor Emanuel blame his failure to someone else, We did not hear any simple apology.
Buenos Aires City (Argentina) hired tenor Placido Domingo to sing with The Teatro Colon Orchestra, for a free popular “Fiesta” around the Obelisco at Nueve de Julio Avenue. The Teatro Colon musicians went to strike that evening. Buenos Aries’s City Hall, in a hurry gather many excellent musicians to replace the Theater Colon Orchestra, in a matter of hours, and the neighbors of Buenos Aires had their Fiesta with Placido Domingo any way.
I shut this picture, the first week of some January, wile returning home from Buenos Aires by bus. I used to live at the Alto Valle de Rio Negro y Neuquen. The Valley communicate with the rest of the Country by 4 main roads. The Fruit Employees Union wait for the star of the crop season to go on strike. But they do not only use their right of not to work, they close all out and inn bound traffic, from and to The Valley, to spoil the whole year work of many small, medium and large farmers. The Government, and The Justice? They looks to other side!.
This is the mail from CSO.org we got to day
Subject: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:37:47 +0000
Dear Chicago Symphony Orchestra Patron, (www.cso.org/Pageaspx?id=12377 )
This evening, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike and the September 22 concert was canceled.
The previous collective bargaining agreement expired on Sunday, September 16, 2012.
Musicians and management had previously agreed to begin the 2012/13 season this week, as contract negotiations that began this summer continued. The first rehearsals and concerts of the season took place as scheduled. However, during Saturday’s meeting, the musicians left the negotiating table and proceeded to strike.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is committed to working diligently and negotiating in good faith with the Union to achieve a new contract that provides a platform for sustainable jobs with competitive wages, benefits and work rules.
We regret any inconvenience the musicians’ strike causes our audiences and patrons and assure you that the Association remains committed to reaching a fair agreement. Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians are world class professionals, and deserve every dollar and every benefit offered in this contract. At the same time, we must soundly manage the finances of the Association.
We have been taking thoughtful and innovative steps toward tangible financial, audience and reputational gains. Still, CSO revenues are growing at small percentages per year, while expenses—of which musicians’ salaries and benefits represent the largest fixed costs of the organization—are growing at a much steeper pace. The contract that we offered and that the musicians rejected maintains that delicate balance between how we spend and how we manage our finances, while at the same time recognizing the preeminence of our great Orchestra. The CSO A continues to approach these negotiations constructively, and we remain committed to reaching a fair agreement that will ensure the long-term financial stability of our great institution.
The CSO website, cso.org, will contain the most up-to-date information on the status of future performances. We will notify all ticketholders as soon as possible if there are additional cancellations. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to resolve these negotiations with our musicians.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Symphony Center Box Office at (312) 294-3000.
Deborah F. Rutter
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association