We’re hearing that Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, was nowhere to be seen while talks with the musicians were heading for crisis.
In fact, she’d left the business of negotiating to deputies and kept postponing meetings with the player.
Negotiations did not start until late August when the musicians were in Saratoga Springs. The only deal her eam put on the table was a 5-year contract with percentage increases of 0, 0, 1, 1, 1.
Vulgarmore’s deps had no power to improve on that. So the musicians went on strike.
In less than two days, Vulgamore came up with an offer of of 2 percent in year one, and 2.5 percent rises in each of years two and three. The musicians quickly accepted by a 73 to 11 vote. It was a respectable offer. They would have accepted it months ago.
There was never any need for a strike. It was caused by bad management.