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From the Hamilton Musicians Guild Libretto newsletter, November, 2017:

We were successful in negotiating a new 3 year CBA between the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild after two face to face meetings with HPO Management. The ratification vote was held at a rehearsal of the orchestra on Friday, November 10th, 2017 and all eligible members of the orchestra at the rehearsal cast a ballot.

The result of the vote was 100% in favour on the new 3 Year Collective Bargaining Agreement for the HPO 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. The negotiating team for AFM Local 293 consisted of Bethany Bergman, Chair, Elizabeth Loewen Andrews, David Pell from the orchestra plus Steve Mosher, CFM Symphonic Services, Larry Feudo, Local 293 President and Brent Malseed, Local 293 Secretary-Treasurer. The negotiating team for the HPO consisted of Diana Weir, HPO Executive Director and Lindsay Doyle, Member of HPO Board of Directors. Congratulations to all involved for another productive round of negotiations.

Congratulations to the members of the Hamilton Musicians Guild, Local 293 AFM and CFM. 100% ratification of the collective agreement is evidence of a solid working relationship between orchestra management and the musicians. It is undoubtedly a result of two factors – first, the excellent work and professionalism of the musicians as employees of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and second, the respectful attitude that HPO management has towards its musicians.

This is a good example of labour rights and management rights working together for everyone’s benefit, especially the community.

We are fortunate in Hamilton to have an exciting professional orchestra that is willing to try new forms of performance, new ways of reaching audiences, and new partnerships within the local music community. This is a reflection of the vision not only of the management team, but of the musicians themselves who are enabled to have their concerns and ideas heard and in some ways shape the programming and working conditions of the orchestra.