Mar 27, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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Some striking members of the venerable Chicago Symphony Orchestra put on a free concert for about 800 people at a union hall in the Windy City this week as the rest of the orchestra walked the picket line.

The orchestra got some high profile support yesterday from people like Paul Austin of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and their local congressmen, both of whom agreed the players need a strengthened pension plan.

The musicians and the orchestra’s management are at odds over pay and, most importantly, the future of the musicians’ pension program.

There have been no new negotiations in more than a week and no further meetings planned.

The strike is now into its third week.

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