Fort Wayne Philharmonic, union reach agreement

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has reached a tentative contract agreement with its union musicians, whose four-year contract expired three months ago.

The tentative agreement announced Friday will now be presented to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Players Association and the Philharmonic board for ratification.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) that details of the agreement were not released pending ratification. Those votes are expected to take place over the next two weeks.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic president and CEO J.L. Nave says “it feels wonderful” to have the tentative contract, but “it’s not finished until it’s finished.”

The musicians’ four-year contract ended in August, but negotiations began in April due to the orchestra’s budget woes. The Philharmonic continues to run a deficit, which was reported this year at more than $2.3 million.


Information from: The Journal Gazette,

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