San Francisco Symphony on Strike

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 (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

On Wednesday, the 100-plus musicians of the San Francisco Symphony officially went on strike, just days before they were set to perform at Carnegie Hall and kick off an East Coast tour. The musicians say they want salaries comparable to the Chicago and Los Angeles symphonies, and they question the bonuses and spending of symphony management. Symphony officials say musicians are already well compensated, with average salaries exceeding $165,000. We hear from both sides on the discord.


Dave Gaudry, viola player in the San Francisco Symphony since 1982 and chair of the musicians' negotiating committee, which represents bargaining for 105 musicians

Oliver Theil, director of communications for the San Francisco Symphony

Robert Mnookin, chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project