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Negotiations broke down last night with President/CEO Melia Tourangeau and her team and musicians began picketing Heinz Hall before 10 am this morning.
It is only the second strike in the orchestra’s history; the last was a six-week walkout in 1975.
But this is a tough one. The musicians are resisting a new round of pay cuts. The orchestra is saying it’s broke. The veteran supporters are sitting on their hands.
The PSO gave its ‘last, best and final’ offer on September 18. Since then, federal mediators have tried to broker a compromise but Tourangeau refused to budge last night from her September 18 position, rendering mediation pointless. The musicians walked out and declared a strike.