The two sides agreed on the contract on September 26, and it was ratified and approved on September 28.
In the 2005-06 season, the players' weekly salary remains the same, but they will play fewer weeks than previously. The minimum salary, therefore, drops from $59,125 to $53,625.
The weekly salary rises gradually from $1,375 to $1,500 over the next three years. The musicians' paid vacation drops from six weeks to five, and contributions to their health-insurance plans may increase.
In return, the musicians have won increased representation on future music-director search committees.
The orchestra's senior administrative staff is taking a pay cut next year as well, of 9.3 percent. Small raises follow in subsequent years. Two full-time staff positions were eliminated.
The orchestra, struggling with declining ticket sales and a projected operating deficit of $2 million in 2005-06, is aiming for a balanced budget in 2006-07.