FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Musicians with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have ended their three-month strike by approving a new contract bolstered by a $700,000 donation.READ MORE: New Push In North Texas For Pregnant Women To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine
Symphony officials and the American Federation of Musicians on Wednesday announced terms were reached on a four-year deal.
A statement says a donor, who wishes not to be publicly identified, provided the financial gift last week to help end the strike that began September 8. The walkabout began when musicians rejected a contract that initially included pay cuts.READ MORE: Frisco ISD First In North Texas To Offer Online Learning In Wake Of Rise In COVID-19 Cases
The orchestra has 65 full-time musicians who earned an average $62,000 annually, plus health benefits. The new deal means a two-year pay freeze, followed by two years of slightly higher salaries.
The first paid week back for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians will be December 26.MORE NEWS: Fans Flock To Dallas' Fair Park For 'Wicked,' First Broadway Tour Since Pandemic Began
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