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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra strike ends with $700K donated

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/8/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Musicians with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have ended their three-month strike by approving a new contract bolstered by a $700,000 donation.

Symphony officials and the American Federation of Musicians on Wednesday announced terms were reached on a four-year deal.

A statement says a donor, who wishes not to be publicly identified, provided the financial gift last week to help end the strike that began Sept. 8. The walkabout began when musicians rejected a contract that initially included pay cuts.

The orchestra has 65 full-time musicians who earned an average $62,000 annually, plus health benefits. The new deal means a two-year pay freeze, followed by two years of slightly higher salaries.

The first paid week back for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians will be Dec. 26.

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