OSM and the GMMQ sign new collective agreement

Montreal, November 1, 2011—The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ), affiliated to the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), signed today a new collective agreement binding the two parties until 2014. This action makes official the agreement reached in early September by the OSM and its musicians’ union.

The new agreement provides for a 10.5% salary increase over four years, as well as improvements to the pension plan. The musicians will also benefit from the broadcast of concerts on new digital platforms.

Lucien Bouchard, chair of the OSM’s board, and Madeleine Careau, chief executive officer, signed the agreement on behalf of the Orchestra. Signing on behalf of musicians, were Luc Fortin, president of the GMMQ and Serge Desgagnés, musician and president of the negotiation committee, in the presence of Michel Arsenault, president of the FTQ.
 
About the OSM

Since its founding in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has distinguished itself as a
leader in the orchestral life of Québec and Canada. A cultural ambassador of the highest order, the Orchestra has earned an enviable reputation internationally in the course of over 40 tours and outings abroad, as well as through the quality of its more than 100 recordings, which have earned 48 awards. The OSM carries on that rich tradition under the leadership of its music director, Kent Nagano, while featuring innovative programming aimed at underlining the relevance of orchestral repertoire in our lives and strengthening the Orchestra’s connection with the community.

About the GMMQ

The Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ), which represents more than 3,200 regular members, have the mission to defend and promote the moral, social and economic professional interests of its members. Affiliated to the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du québec (FTQ), its mandate is to negotiate collective agreements with producers and to provide its members with a standard employment contract.

From left to right.  Front row: Madeleine Careau, chief executive officer of the OSM, Lucien Bouchard, chair of the OSM’s board, Luc Fortin, president of the GMMQ, Serge Desgagnés, musician and president of the negotiation committee, Michel Arsenault, president of the FTQ. Second row : negotiation committee of the OSM and the Guild.

 

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Source: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
            Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ)

Information:         

Céline Choiselat
Head of media relations of the OSM
514-840-7414
choiselat@osm.ca


Stéphanie Gaudreault
Communication Officer of the GMMQ
(514) 842-0608 poste 229
sgaudreault@gmmq.com