Another Ontario Orchestra Generating Drama

Ontario’s Orchestra London is on the verge of a possible musicians’ strike over low pay and lack of benefits. “Most of the 29 full-time musicians (there are also 17 part-time musicians) are paid $23,223 for working a 36-week season… They receive no dental, drug, disability or health benefits. But the musicians are even more incensed by the fact that at a time when the symphony’s operating revenue is at an all-time high, tickets sales are healthy and wages in other sectors of the organization have increased… base pay for musicians has inched up only 1.5 per cent per year since 2000.”