Players in the Fort Worth Symphony walked out of rehearsal at 12.30 this afternoon after rejecting a ‘last, best offer’ to reduce their wages.
They were required to accept pay cuts of between two and 7.5 percent.
The wealthy Texas city seems unwilling to raise the funds to sustain a well-run symphony orchestra.
UPDATE: Drew McManus has good analysis here of the causes of the strike. It appears that the base salary for musicians is $54,000, and the organisation wants to cut back on that.
It’s Fort Worth less, from now on.