BSO Announces Additional Schedule Changes Due to Unresolved Strathmore Labor Negotiations
The BSO remains excited to return to The Music Center at Strathmore and to share the experience of our extraordinary Orchestra in our second home.
As of September 24, Strathmore’s labor negotiations with IATSE Local 868, the union that represents Strathmore’s Ticket Office employees, remain unresolved. We have also been unable to reach consensus with Strathmore on our annual licensing agreement – an agreement that sets the financial and legal terms of our 2021-22 season concerts at The Music Center.
We understand that labor negotiations can be difficult for everyone involved. As a Founding Partner, we are committed to continuing collaborative conversations with our partners at Strathmore and willing to be flexible. However, we cannot agree to changes in our license agreement that require the BSO to compel our stagehands and musicians to cross a picket line and work with replacement workers. We have provided Strathmore with a signed license agreement that contains the same provisions included in previous years regarding staffing and collective bargaining units and have also engaged in efforts to help steer Strathmore and IATSE Local 868 towards mediation.
We remain hopeful that a resolution of their underlying labor dispute will help to resolve the connected issues with our license agreement and in turn enable the return of the BSO to our second home. To give even more time and space for this resolution, the BSO is cancelling or relocating additional concerts from The Music Center to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall through October 17.
For more information, please read our full announcement here.