Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Sign New Collective Agreement

By Francisco Salazar

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec have announced that they signed a new collective agreement that will cover the next five years.

The agreement covers five years’ worth of non-monetary clauses which include salary increases over the next two years. Players will receive annual increases in contractual fees to a total of 4.1 percent, and will also receive an increase in seniority bonuses.

The agreement will improve audition procedures as well as access to tenure, work and services schedules, tours, sick leave, and pension plans.

In a statement Lucien Bouchard, the Chairman of the OSM Board said, “This successful outcome of our collective negotiations assures a stability reflecting harmonious relations within the Orchestra and will preserve an environment conducive to the artistic excellence that has characterized the OSM since the beginning It is very good news for audiences, patrons, sponsors, and other partners of the Orchestra’s extensive community. Such solid foundations are what will ensure the OSM’s development and further its national and international profiles.”