San Francisco Symphony Says Labor Deal Approved

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    Musicians with the San Francisco Symphony have ratified and the symphony's Board of Governors has approved a 26-month collective bargaining agreement, symphony officials said.

    As part of the agreement, musicians will get a 4.5 percent increase in salary, and the current minimum weekly compensation of $2,725 will be increased to $2,850 by the end of the contract, symphony spokesman Oliver Theil said in a statement Saturday.

    The deal also includes changes in health care benefits and improves the orchestra's ability to attract musicians, Theil said.

    A call to the Musicians Union Local 6 the union representing the musicians seeking additional comment was not immediately returned Saturday.

    The agreement comes after musicians went on strike in March for 2 1/2-weeks after a long dispute with management over the symphony's finances.

    The musicians sought a greater stake in decision making and more transparency in the symphony's accounting. Four local concerts were canceled because of the strike. A four-performance East Coast tour that included stops at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., was also scrapped.

    The strike's resolution came much faster than the symphony's last labor stoppage, which led to the cancellation of 43 concerts in 1996 and 1997.