- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Orchestra’s musicians have approved an unusual 12-month labor contract that their negotiating committee did not formally recommend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1jlE14Y ) reports the musicians failed to regain jobs and some of the compensation they forfeited in bankruptcy in 2011.

The deal, which still must be approved by the orchestra board, would raise the base salary by about 3 percent to $2,472 per week. It also increases the size of the ensemble by one to 96 members and two librarians.

The negotiating committee released a statement saying talent will go elsewhere unless Philadelphia’s contract keeps pace with other top orchestras.

Orchestra vice president Ryan Fleur says the new deal would allow the Philadelphia Orchestra Association to meet budget expectations for the season.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com


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