Pittsburgh Symphony has new musicians’ contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has reached a new three-year contract with its musicians, nearly restoring their pay to levels in 2010-2011, after which musicians took a pay cut to help the orchestra make ends meet.

The new deal bumps musicians’ base pay by 4 percent to $104,114 annually for the 2013-14 season. Wages will be frozen for the next season, then raise 3 percent more to $107,237 for the 2015-2016 season. The musicians earned $110,854 before the pay cut.

Many of the musicians earn more than the base salary because of their years of service, or for holding a named or solo chair in the orchestra.

Bassist Micah Howard, who chairs the orchestra committee, says the contract is a “morale booster” which shows management is committed to attracting and retaining the best musicians.

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