Detroit Symphony musicians negotiating committee calls for rejection of contract

Posted on: February 18, 2011

In Friday’s (2/18) Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker reports, “The negotiating committee representing the striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians has recommended that the full orchestra reject management’s final contract offer. The recommendation, which came [Thursday] afternoon during a full meeting of the membership, increases the likelihood that the orchestra will follow suit and reject the contract, said cellist Haden McKay, a member of the negotiating committee. Management has said previously it would likely cancel the remaining four months of the season if the contract is rejected. Management officials declined to comment tonight on the decision by the musicians committee to recommend rejection. … ‘There were many elements of the proposal that did not meet our minimum requirements,’ said McKay. ‘There were just too many differences.’ A vote by the orchestra is scheduled to be conducted via the Internet beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing through 2 p.m. Saturday. The result will be announced Saturday.”

Posted February 18, 2011