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Detroit Symphony Settles On New Contract Eight Months Early

Jan 12, 2017

The positive tenor of relations between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its musicians continued as the musicians ratified a new contract more than eight months before the current contract expires.

It's the second consecutive, three-year agreement negotiated well in advance of the expiration date, a notable accomplishment in the wake of the acrimonious 2010 contract negotiations that spurred the musicians' strike that year.

The DSO and orchestra negotiating committee, representing 87 musicians, reached the tentative agreement for the new contract in mid-December after just three negotiating sessions. It was approved by the DSO board later in December and ratified by the DSO musicians Monday.

Terms of the new contract, which takes effect Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2020, include: