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January 9, 2014IM -
Musicians and management of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (NPP) recently negotiated a new contract, which took effect in October and will last through August 2016. The CBA offers musicians modest increases in compensation and benefits.
The musicians’ negotiating team included Local 45 (Allentown, PA) President Janice Galassi, who served as chief negotiator; Local 140 (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Secretary Ed Zebrowski; Local 140 Vice President Lorraine Maillet; and NPP Union Steward Steve Mathiese; and Principal Percussionist Bob Nowak, who are members of both Locals 45 and 140. NPP’s CFO, board secretary, and strategic planning committee chair represented management.
“Bargaining was carried on in a very cordial manner, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust,” says Zebrowski. “I thank all involved on both sides of the table.”