Philharmonic offers musicians last offer

by: Lydia Reuille, Grace Bentkowski



FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) — The Fort Wayne Philharmonic says it has yet to come to an agreement on a new contract for its musicians after a hearing Saturday. Instead, the Union was presented with its “best and last offer” at 5:45 p.m

A recent proposal offered musicians additional wage increases totaling 42.5% over four years. The last proposal before that was a salary increase of 33.4% over three years.

The new offering, a 45.8% increase over four years, was made available to Local 58, the Fort Wayne Musicians Association, listed below.

The annual wage increases are:

Year 1: 24.3%

Year 2: 10%

Year 3: 8.5%

Year 4: 3%

The Philharmonic also proposed a $1,000 signing bonus for each musician after a contract agreement.

The next negotiation meeting is scheduled for January 10th. According to the updated press release, the group “is prepared to cancel their concert scheduled for January 28” if the offer is not accepted before or during the next meeting.

The players’ association went on strike on December 8 after performing for three months under the terms of an expired contract. Philharmonic offers musicians last offer

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