Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Reject Management Proposal

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Philadelphia Orchestra musicians rejected an offer from the orchestra's management yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The musicians' current contract, extended a month ago, expires tonight at 12:01 a.m.

Members of the orchestra told the paper than the offer was not appreciably different from management's earlier proposals. "Essentially, they want a strike," said one violinist.

Management wants musicians to accept a total of $1.8 million in annual cuts, either through reductions in salary or in the number of full-time musicians. Officials also want to shift to a less-expensive pension plan and to change work rules to allow for more performances.

Musicians have suggested alternate ways of reducing costs and raising additional revenue, saying that the cuts would affect the quality of the music.

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