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Allentown Symphony Orchestra Ratifies New Four-Year CBA

The musicians and management of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement. The new contract includes raises of 2%, 2.5%, 3%, and 3.5% to the base service rate, an increase to the local broadcast rate, and a small increase to the mileage rate. The contrabassoon position was added to the base orchestra, and new language was added to increase the number of instrument combinations eligible for doubling payments. It was a difficult task, but the negotiating team was also successful in maintaining audition procedures that reflect industry norms. Allentown Symphony Orchestra musicians are members of Local 45 (Allentown, PA).