Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians Preparing for Possible Strike

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians have been told that a "protracted" strike may be imminent, and were advised yesterday to clean out their lockers at the Symphony Center, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The musicians' contract, extended on September 3, expires on October 31. Sources "close to the contract negotiations" told the Tribune that the two sides are far from an agreement. According to the paper, major issues including salaries, health care, pensions, and work rules have barely been discussed in recent weeks.

CSO spokeswoman Synneve Carlino declined to comment, citing a news blackout, but said, "We are continuing to work hard with our mediator [former federal judge Abner Mikva] and our musicians to resolve our contract prior to the deadline. All plans are moving ahead for concerts next week as scheduled."

The CSO is scheduled to appear with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago from November 4 through 6, and to perform a program of Mozart and Shostakovich the following weekend.

The Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra are also playing under contract extensions that expire on October 31.

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