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May 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Seattle Symphony, musicians reach agreement on new contract

After 15 months of negotiations, the Seattle Symphony and its musicians have reached agreement on a new contract. The contract, good through August 2015, includes salary concessions for the remainder of the season (but provides salary increases in subsequent seasons), maintaining a 45-week performance season and the filling of vacant positions. Unlike at several other orchestras nationwide,…


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October 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera employees OK strike authorization

From Michael Upchurch The musicians of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) have approved a strike authorization. Following months of contract negotiations with the managements of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, The vote is in response to an Oct. 10 contract offer that called for musicians to take a 15 percent reduction in…


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May 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Latest from Seattle May Day protests: Police confiscated 70 items from protesters

Some May Day protests today in Seattle erupted into violence. We’re updating events as they unfold here. Jim Brunner, Cathy McLain, Jennifer Sullivan will be following the  story into the night.

UPDATE: 9:50 p.m. | Seattle police say they seized about 70 items from May Day protesters Tuesday after an emergency order from Mayor Mike McGinn. Items included metal sign poles, sharpened stakes and anything else that could have been used as a weapon. More information and pictures here.

UPDATE: 8:43 p.m. | Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that officers are monitoring Westlake Park tonight, the only spot where protesters remain.

“The idea is that we’re going to keep tabs on things and make sure people get home safely,” Whitcomb said.

Whitcomb said police plan to investigate the people responsible for the earlier vandalism and other troubles downtown.

“The planned demonstrations were peaceful; we’re very sorry that a small number of infiltrators showed up early and set such a negative tone for the day,” he said.

“We promise to do a very thorough and complete investigation to identify the people responsible for the violence and bring them in to custody.”

UPDATE: 8:19 p.m. | The city of Seattle announced it has closed its Emergency Operations Center, citing the dwindling crowds of protesters.

UPDATE: 7:53 p.m. | Winding down? Only about 50 or so Occupy Seattle protesters remain at Westlake Park, according to Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffter.

UPDATE: 7:36 p.m. | Because of the protests, a small sandwich shop on Third Avenue had to throw away 160 sandwiches after a corporate customer canceled an event because of  the traffic disruptions.

“They’re hurting the little guy,” said the shop’s manager.

UPDATE: 7:18 p.m. | The manager of an American Apparel store downtown recalled his staff being shaken up after anarchists smashed store windows. Asked about the motivation of the protesters, the manager said “I don’t know what to say. It sucks.” Read more of the manager’s account from Seattle Times reporter Erik Lacitis.

UPDATE: 6:55 p.m. Seattle police say they have made two more arrests, making a total of eight for the day so far. This evening, officers arrested a 20-year-old man for investigation of vandalism and a 30-year-old man for investigation of pedestrian interference, according to a Police Department spokesman.

At Westlake Park this evening, the spot where hundreds of protesters had gathered just hours earlier, there was little to report said Seattle police Capt. Joe Kessler, who heads the department’s West Precinct. Kessler said things are peaceful at the moment.

UPDATE: 5:52 p.m. | The annual May Day immigration rights march is underway from Judkins Park to downtown Seattle. Even before the march started, organizers had to resolve the matter of the lead vehicle – a horse-drawn wagon in Wells Fargo red and yellow colors, on a flat bed drawn by a pick up truck. Police told organizers the were worried about marchers being hit or run over bt the truck. But Wells Fargo’s main downtown branch is the terminus for this march and organizers worked out a compromise where participants will march behind the truck only.

This years march — which took up less than one city block — appears to have attracted far fewer people than in years past. There also appears to be fewer immigrants, as folks from other movements — labor, Occupy, and a host of social justice organizations also joined in. The protesters are calling on Wells Fargo to withdraw investments in private companies that run immigration detention centers. (Information from Seattle Times reporter Lornet Turnbull, who is following the march.)

UPDATE: 5:05 p.m. | Police and some protesters skirmished near Pike Place Market this afternoon after a man was arrested for struggling when officers confiscated a pole he was carrying.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. |  Here’s the Seattle police timeline of this afternoon’s events:

  • At 11:50 a.m., a group marches from Seattle Central Community College to Westlake Park, arriving at 12:07 p.m.
  • At 12:21 p.m., approximately 300 people — including approximately 75 “Black Bloc” protesters armed with sticks, wooden riot batons and other weapons — marched from the park west on  Pike Street then south on Third Avenue.
  • As they marched along Third, people began jumping on cars and causing property damage, much of which was captured live by TV cameras.
  • At 12:35 p.m., officers reported paint and rocks flying, along with hammers and tire irons being used to damage property. There also were reports of “sound bombs” and fireworks.
  • The crowd walked past Benaroya Hall and turned onto Seneca, causing various damage along the way.

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