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Musicians, Seattle Symphony announce contract extension

The Seattle Symphony and Opera musicians, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera announced Friday that they've agreed to extend the current contract through January 31, 2013, to allow more time for negotiation.

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The Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera have agreed to extend the musicians' current contract through Jan. 31, the symphony announced late Friday night.

The extension will allow "additional time for the Symphony, the Opera and the musicians to continue discussions in a collaborative manner to reach agreement on a new contract," according to a Seattle Symphony news release.

The musicians and management have been in contract talks since summer. The latest offer from management asked musicians to take a 15 percent pay cut for the 2012-13 season.

The Seattle Symphony is just one of several orchestras nationwide embroiled in labor struggles.

In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has canceled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim average musician salary by $46,000 a year. The St. Paul (Minn.) Chamber Orchestra is facing a lockout if a labor agreement is not reached by Sunday.

Players and management of The Richmond Symphony of Virginia have been unable to reach agreement after months of talks, and in Florida, the Jacksonville Symphony is continuing to play without a contract. The Indianapolis Symphony returned to the stage this week after canceling five weekends of concerts, with musicians agreeing to a 32 percent pay cut in the first year of a five-year contract, according to the Associated Press.

Seattle Times staff

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