Musicians at the Seattle Symphony have reached a tentative
agreement on a new contract. They have accepted a five per cent cut
in pay until the end of this season, with the current pay scale
resuming in 2011. Each of the 84 players will also contribute
$2,010 towards the orchestra's annual fund, an initiative that is
intended to kickstart the orchestra board's next fundraising
The Seattle Symphony agreement comes a week after Cleveland Orchestra musicians went on strike over their wage terms. Before their 30-hour walkout they had rejected a management proposal of an immediate five per cent pay cut. After intense negotiations, the two parties agreed a salary freeze this season and the next, with a three per cent raise in the first half of the 2011/12 season and a two per cent raise in the next half.