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Symphony reaches new contract

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By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra management and musicians have reached a new contract.

The current contract is set to expire in September of next year.

The new agreement gives the musicians a one percent salary increase in the 2008-2009 season and again in the 2009-2010 season.

Musicians also will receive increases in pension and their daily rates when on tour.

The last contract negotiations in 2005 dissolved into a nasty labor dispute that resulted in the cancellation of 18 concerts.

The symphony is also looking for a new president and executive after Randy Adams retired last month.

The new season begins this weekend.

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