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Nashville Symphony Musicians Reject Latest Management Offer

March 17, 1985

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Striking members of the Nashville Symphony on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected a three-year contract offer, their leader said.

Musicians struck Feb. 21 for the first time in the symphony’s 40-year history, saying they want more full-time positions and pay parity with similar-sized orchestras in the region. They had worked without a contract from Oct. 30 until they struck.

The symphony has 38 full-time members earning an average of $16,100. Thirty-four other musicians earn an average annual salary of $8,919, and another 16 musicians earn an average salary of $5,554.

Michael Karr, chairman of the Players Assembly, said management, in its offer, agreed to pay for 38 full-time musicians the first year, 40 the second year and 52 the third year.

In addition, 43 percent of the symphony budget in the third year would have been earmarked for musicians’ wages, but the musicians want 46 percent of the budget by the third year, he said.

He said 62 symphony members at a meeting Saturday rejected the offer ″by an overwhelming majority.″

Matthew Maddin, symphony executive director, was not home Saturday night and could not be reached for comment.

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