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Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract
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Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

The Spokane Symphony Society announced Tuesday that the musicians of the Orchestra and the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved and ratified a new two-year labor agreement.

“This new agreement recognizes the dedication and talent of our musicians, and it demonstrates our commitment to them. We understand that their artistry is an important asset that enriches the vitality of our region, enhancing our city's reputation as an attractive place to live and work,” said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “This spirit of partnership and joint problem-solving as we move forward together has the Symphony poised for great things as we launch our 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season and plan for the future.”

Under the terms of the new contract, Spokane Symphony musician salaries will increase 7.5 percent over two years. The previous contract expired on August 29, 2014. Following brief, productive and respectful negotiations over the summer, the new contract was ratified unanimously over the Labor Day weekend by the musicians of the Spokane Symphony, members of the Professional Musicians of the Inland Northwest, Local 105 of the American Federation of Musicians.

This new contract comes just two years after four-week strike in late 2012 that forced multiple cancellations before an agreement was reached in early December.

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