FILE – In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti joins in solidarity with striking CSO musicians during a press conference outside the orchestra building in Chicago. The Chicago Federation of Musicians, which represents the striking CSO musicians, is returning to the bargaining table with orchestra officials, the union said in a statement Wednesday, April 3, 2019. About 100 of the orchestra’s musicians have been on strike since March 11 over wages and retirement benefits. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)


CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra may cancel more concerts after striking musicians rejected what it calls its last, best and final offer on a new contract.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association President Jeff Alexander called it “an exceptional, comprehensive compensation package” in a statement early Tuesday.

Members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians voted down the offer Monday. Steve Lester, chairman of their negotiating committee, says the union’s proposal addressed management’s concern about pension funding “while guaranteeing the Musicians and the Orchestra the security deserved.”

About 100 of the orchestra’s musicians have been on strike since March 11 . The union is at odds with the orchestra over pension and wage issues.

The striking musicians have received support from congressmen, musical theater performers and their own maestro, renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti.

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Chicago Symphony May Cancel More Concerts; Strike Continues