Musicians of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra announced on their Facebook page Friday afternoon they were going on strike starting Saturday afternoon.
The strike begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. As a result of the strike, the Spokane Symphony announced on its website that Saturday night's SuperPops performance has been canceled.
“It is with regret that I must announce that after an additional day and a half of intensive bargaining where the Symphony made significant compromises that they felt would bring the sides to an agreement, the musicians have halted the negotiations and called for a strike. It is disappointing that the musicians have chosen to withhold the performance from their audience,” said Spokane Symphony Board President Peter Moye.
According to the musicians, the Spokane Symphony Society had given a final offer to musicians on Oct. 19 and then rescinded that offer on Oct. 26 after the union threatened to pursue charges of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board.
The current contract between the Spokane Symphony Society and the Musicians Local #105 of the American Federation of Musicians expired on Aug. 30. Negotiations for a new contract for the musicians had been ongoing since March, with musicians continuing to perform after their contract expired.
Both musicians and symphony leaders met with a federal mediator on Oct. 10, but an agreement was never reached on a new contract.