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October 14, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Forty musicians at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York turned in their instruments for picket signs Tuesday after voting unanimously to reject a temporary contract. A spokesman for the musicians described the action as a protest, not a strike. The rejected proposal guaranteed musicians their current $600 weekly salaries, but only if Monroe County agreed to up its yearly contribution to the symphony by $170,000. If not, salaries would drop to $570 a week. The musicians were laid off Sept. 13, when their contract expired and they rejected a management offer for a one-year contract that cut salaries by $19-a-week and cut nine weeks from the season.

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