Monday, February 21, 2011

Detroit Symphony Reject Contract Offer, Prolonging Strike

DETROIT — Striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians rejected the latest contract proposal from orchestra management, but the disagreement has narrowed, a spokesman for the musicians said Wednesday.
Musicians spokesman Haden McKay said there could be an agreement if management could find a way to direct $2 million in donor-restricted funds to the musicians. He said the money is intended for community outreach programs.
"We're not that far apart," he said.
Management officials submitted the proposal last Friday, and it included a stipulation that the musicians must respond by Friday.  More