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New York Philharmonic: New 3 year contract
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Contract Aimed at Labor-Management Harmony

The quest to right the ship at the New York Philharmonic moved forward this week when the orchestra and its players reached a new three-year contract at a critical moment of reinvention.

The new contract, which the orchestra announced Friday, was approved on Thursday by the Philharmonic and Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the players. Under the agreement the musicians will receive a 4.5 percent increase in wages over the next three years, raising the base salary at the orchestra to $153,504 a year from $146,796; musicians will pay more for health insurance.

The deal will help prevent the kind of strife between players and management that led to strikes in recent seasons of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra and a lockout at the 

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