New talks to end symphony strike

SPOKANE — The management and musicians of the Spokane Symphony will return to the bargaining table this week in an effort to reach a contract agreement before “The Nutcracker” ballet begins.

If the dispute isn’t resolved in the next week, symphony officials say “The Nutcracker” will be performed with recorded music instead of a live orchestra. The Spokesman-Review reports the holiday favorite opens on Dec. 6.

Musicians have been on strike since Nov. 3, leading to five symphony cancellations.

The symphony has proposed a two-year contract that includes a 13.3 percent pay cut. The musicians have offered to take a 6.6 percent pay cut.

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