Contract talks resuming in Chicago Symphony strike

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Talks aimed at settling a strike by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians are set to resume three days after they walked off the job for the first time since 1991.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said in a statement that negotiations would get under way Monday afternoon.

Musicians went on strike Saturday over wages and health care costs, forcing the cancellation of the first Saturday night show of the season less than two hours before it started. CSO officials say famed conductor Riccardo Muti was "very, very disappointed."

The contract expired more than a week ago, but musicians played the first concert Thursday and a free one on Friday in Millennium Park.

The Chicago Federation of Musicians says proposed increases in health-care contributions would amount to a pay cut for some.

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