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New York Philharmonic Ratifies Contract


Musicians of the New York Philharmonic ratified a new contract December 13. The contract is retroactive to September 20, 2013, when the previous deal expired. Musicians will see modest wage increases in each of the contract’s four years, for a total wage increase of 6.5%. That will bring base salaries to $146,848 by the final year.

Under the new agreement, musicians will contribute more toward their health care. Pension benefit levels will remain the same until the fourth year; at that point, pension negotiations will reopen. If a pension agreement is not reached by May 31, 2016, there will be no fourth year.

New York Philharmonic raised a record $31 million last season, but still had a $6.1 million deficit on its $71 million budget at the end of the 2012-2013 season. This made negotiations contentious, with management seeking wage cuts. Dawn Hannay of Local 802 (New York City), a violist and negotiating committee chair, says, “In these times of economic uncertainty, it was important to achieve a sense of stability, so that we can focus on bringing the highest level performances to our audience both in New York City and around the world.”