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Musicians reject San Francisco Symphony contract offer

January 29, 1997

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Musicians with the San Francisco Symphony rejected a new contract Tuesday night, extending a nearly two-month strike.

The 102 musicians failed to ratify the symphony’s latest offer. Union officials would not release the numbers of the two-day vote.

More than 40 performances have been canceled since the strike began Dec. 5 in a dispute over health-care benefits. However, union spokesman Josh Shinoff said the sticking point was scheduling.

``They already have more performances than any other symphony in the U.S.,″ Shinoff said. ``Scheduling is the main focusing point. It’s not an economic issue.″

Symphony spokeswoman Karen Ames was not immediately available for comment. No new negotiations were scheduled.

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