Big Cuts in South Florida

The Florida Philharmonic’s musicians have also renegotiated an ongoing contract, agreeing to allow the management to reduce the length of the orchestra’s season by six weeks, and further agreeing to a freeze in the weekly pay scale. “In addition, health insurance co-payments will be increased from 12 percent for families and 15 percent for individuals to a flat 27 percent for everyone. Long-term disability coverage will be eliminated. Contributions to a pension fund for the musicians will be cut from 8 to 4 percent. And four weeks of paid vacation time this season will be reduced to two weeks next season.”