Musicians and management of the Philly Pops reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new labor deal, both sides said,” writes Peter Dobrin in the Dec. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer  (login may be required). “The pact, if approved, averts a strike, which players raised as a possibility earlier this month when they voted to authorize a work stoppage. A ratification vote on the new labor contract covering the group’s five dozen core instrumentalists has not yet been scheduled, said Ellen Trainer, president of Local 77 of the American Federation of Musicians. Both Pops management and players declined to provide details of the deal Friday. The Pops announced in November that it would cease operations at the end of this season. But the new tentative agreement, back-dated to this past Sept. 1, runs through Aug. 31, 2024—suggesting that the group is eyeing a potential path to survival.