San Diego Symphony officials announced Tuesday that orchestra management and players have a new two-year contract to replace the contract that expired on Sept. 30. The symphony's executive board approved the new contract Monday night, after a positive vote by the players last Thursday. The contract provides for modest increases in the players' weekly base salary and adds one more week of performance in the contract's second year.
Joe Pallazola, president of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325, stated that the union was satisfied with the new contract, although a typical agreement is a three-year contract.
"We settled for a two-year contract in the hope that in three years, management will be in a better position to begin to compete with the major orchestras," Pallazola said.
The first year of the new contract provides a weekly base salary of $660, which will increase to $700 per week the second year.