Philharmonic & Players Union Continue Labor Talks

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Labor talks between the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Philharmonic's Player Association continued Thursday with no deal set.

The seven-hour negotiations between officials with the orchestra and members of the union union focus on proposed cut in work weeks and and family health insurance coverage.

According to a statement from the players union, the Philharmonic's proposal would reduce the playing schedule from 40 weeks to 32 weeks.

The eight-week reduction in work would cost a player a bit more than $5,400 in annual salary, the union says.

"These cuts, if implemented, would profoundly undermine the fine musical ensemble that has been built," Dennis Fick, players association negotiating committee chairman, said in the statement. "The community would lose something precious and irreplaceable, and would be the poorer for it."

The union says the Philharmonic's proposal would also hold players responsible for an additional $3,276 per year for family health insurance.

Officials with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic were not available for comment Friday night.

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