Fellow bloggers sigmastolen and theuncastshadow (see the previous post) both raised a valid points. I should have added an update on the current situation with the orchestra.
In May of 2012, the musicians and orchestra management reached a bridge one-year agreement, which allowed the orchestra to perform its 75th season (2012-2013). The agreement was for 30-weeks for 55 salaried musicians. In March of the this year, both sides reached a three-year agreement. As outlined in a post by Erin Keane, the new agreement calls for 30-weeks for 55 or 56 salaried musicians. The pay levels for the musician will be same as current levels for years one and two with a pay increase in year three.