The Cleveland Orchestra Ratifies New Agreement Between Management & Musicians

By Francisco Salazar

The Management and Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra have successfully concluded negotiations for a new, three-year trade agreement.

The new agreement is for the 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 seasons and was ratified by the members of the Orchestra through a vote last week.

The agreement mentions that the Cleveland Orchestra musicians will receive annual increases in minimum weekly compensation of four percent, three percent, and three percent, respectively, over three years, in addition to a one-time, $5,000 agreement ratification bonus each.

The musicians also agreed on a healthcare plan.  According to the press statement, the musicians’ dollar contributions toward premiums will increase each year of the agreement. Modest changes were made to plan design to support the medical plan’s marketability, lower its cost, and enhance its sustainability.

In a statement, André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra President and CEO said, “In the midst of challenging macroeconomic conditions and lingering post-pandemic uncertainty, both parties approached these negotiations with a constructive mindset, a willingness to problem-solve creatively, and a genuine desire to tackle important institutional challenges realistically. At the end of the day, our musicians are at the heart of everything we do, and we are confident that this new contract is both fair and beneficial for our Orchestra and its people. I look forward to continuing our partnership and journey together as we build an ever-stronger future for our treasured organization.”

Kathleen Collins, Chair of the Orchestra Committee, which negotiates on behalf of the musicians added, “Ensuring that Northeast Ohio and the city of Cleveland continues to have America’s finest orchestra is always the top priority of the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra. To that end, we were pleased to be able to obtain solid wage gains, address inflation, and retain our excellent healthcare plan so that our compensation package remains competitive. We were able to work collaboratively with management to find solutions which helped both sides.”