Detroit Symphony Musicians Set to Strike Monday

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Musicians have called a strike after refusing to accept steep pay cuts demanded by the financially struggling Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Leaders of the 80 musicians say picketing is set to start Monday morning at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
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.

The two sides don't have any scheduled bargaining sessions. The musicians union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Oct 4, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    Who cares? It looks like their wages are excessive just for blowing a horn or playing a fiddle. Let 'em strike. They need to find a real job, and do their music thing as a sideline. Thank you Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Don't these people read the paper or watch the news? If they are fighting pay cuts they can always move out of the State! In fact why does Detroit need a symphony?
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