Philadelphia Orchestra musicians go on strike

The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra went on strike on Friday night.

The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are members of the Philadelphia Musicians Union Local 77. The biggest bargaining issue for them is compensation. On Friday, they collectively rejected the orchestra leadership's salary offer.

Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra, said, "The decision by the musicians to cancel the Season Opening Gala performance is naturally disappointing to all of us. However, even as our last several years have seen us overcome numerous challenges, we hope this, too, will soon lead to a mutually satisfactory agreement."