The Florida Times-Union, the daily newspaper in Jacksonville, also came under fire during the nine-week lockout of the Jacksonville Symphony’s musicians, with charges being made that the publisher has relationships in the business community that discouraged more aggressive coverage. Even so, today’s coverage is pretty solid. It includes this video of the new five-year agreement. —J.S.
Highlights of the five-year contract Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians accepted Wednesday (courtesy of the Times-Union):
Pay: The season will not be shortened, and there’s a possibility it could be extended. But there will be a pay freeze in the first three years, a 2.5 percent raise in the fourth year and a 3 percent raise in the fifth.
Pension: The symphony had been contributing 7 percent of a musician’s salary to his pension fund. That will drop to 4.5 percent in the first two years, 5 percent the next two, and 5.75 percent in year five.
Leave: Personal days vary length of employment but max out at four, half of the previous eight.
The lockout caused the postponement or cancellation of 22 performances by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
– The Music Man Nov. 15-17, five performances. Rescheduled for May 29-31.
– Music of the Eagles Nov. 25, one performance. Rescheduled for June 7.
– Exotic Dances, Masterworks series, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, three performances.
– First Coast Nutcracker, Dec. 7-9, four performances went on without symphony.
– Home for the Holidays, Dec. 14-16, five performances.
– Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 22, one performance.
– Sweet Firebird, Masterworks series, Jan. 10-12, three performances.