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Contract talks resuming in Chicago Symphony strike

CHICAGO — Talks aimed at settling the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike are set to resume three days after musicians walked off the job.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says negotiations will get under way on Monday afternoon.

Musicians went on strike Saturday over wages and health care costs, forcing the cancellation of the season's first Saturday night show less than two hours before it started. CSO officials say famed conductor Riccardo Muti (MOO'-tee) 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 before talks broke down on Saturday. It's the first CSO strike since 1991.

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


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