LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT FOR LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS
August 11, 2017 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) and American Federation of Musicians Local 47, AFL-CIO, today jointly announced agreement on a new five-year labor contract, effective September 18.
"This five-year agreement reflects the collective commitment of the musicians, Gustavo Dudamel, and the board and staff of the LA Phil to ensuring the bright future of this organization. It is a tribute to long relationships, mutual respect and trust. These are musicians of the highest caliber and I am always proud to call them colleagues," said Gail Samuel, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
John Acosta, President of American Federation of Musicians Local 47, AFL-CIO, praised the hard work and diligence of the Union's bargaining committee and stated:"One of the core functions of the Musicians' Union is to negotiate contracts that deliver improvements in the lives of working musicians. We are pleased to announce that our Negotiating Committee, made up of elected members of the orchestra and working with union staff and legal counsel, has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Philharmonic that delivers on that promise. This new agreement builds upon the tradition of LA Phil contracts that sets the bar for pay, benefits, and respect for musicians in the United States."
Highlights of the new five-year agreement include:
- Annual increases to the musicians' minimum weekly scale wages, which, in the final year of the contract, will increase to $3,168.
- Managing healthcare expenses through new healthcare plan offerings.
- Additional compensation elements include a housing allowance and contributions to a 403(b).