SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Officials with the San Francisco Symphony say its Board of Governors and musicians of the orchestra have approved and ratified a 26-month collective bargaining agreement.

A spokesman for the symphony says as part of the agreement musicians will get a 4.5 percent increase in salary, with the current minimum weekly compensation of $2,725 increasing to $2,850 by the end of the contract

The symphony says the deal also includes changes in health care benefits and improves the orchestra’s ability to attract musicians.

The agreement comes after musicians went on strike in March for 2 1/2-weeks after a long dispute with management over the symphony’s finances.

Four local concerts were canceled because of the strike. A four-performance East Coast tour that included stops at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was also scrapped.

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