Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Sign New Contract

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The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony ratified a new contract on November 5, more than three months after their previous contract expired.

The new five-year agreement includes an increase in pay of 13.4 percent, with the minimum salary rising from $52,915 to $60,000. Management also agreed to increase slightly its contribution to the musicians' pension fund.

Musicians, meanwhile, agreed to take on a larger share of health care costs, with their contribution rising from 1 percent to 7 percent over the next five years.

"This agreement reflects a collaborative effort that furthers our artistic goals while maintaining our fiscal stability during these challenging times for arts organizations nationwide," said orchestra president Katherine E. Akos. "It represents a unified vision between the administration and the musicians as we look to the future."

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, musicians voted down an offer from management in September.

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