|Strikers...Is That Your Final Answer?
Posted: February 17, 2011
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Symphony Orchestra officials have given striking musicians their `final offer' - and a deadline.
Symphony spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said in a release Wednesday that management wants an answer by Thursday on a proposal delivered Tuesday to the musicians' negotiating committee.
Musicians' spokesman Haden McKay says orchestra members will meet Thursday afternoon and decide whether to vote.
The walkout began Oct. 4 and threatens to shut down the concert season scheduled to end June 5. Weigandt said an agreement would preserve the remaining season.
Symphony management declared an impasse Sept. 1 and began implementing a 33 percent base pay cut for orchestra veterans, from $104,650 to $70,200 in the first year. Musicians had offered a 22 percent reduction in the first year to $82,000, which would increase in subsequent years.