In news that has an aura of deja-vu about it, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have been in contract talks for eight months and are now approaching a September 6 deadline that is prompting murmurs of an impasse.
It was at this time in 2012 that the orchestra – battling a
projected $5 million budget deficit and mounting debt – hit a stalemate
and locked out its musicians for four weeks. When two sides settled,
musicians agreed to a two-year contract that included a 16 percent pay
cut; the length of the season was reduced and the size of the orchestra
trimmed, from 93 to 88 players. more