Detroit Symphony: Striking Musicians Cancel Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it made an offer of $36 million in compensation over three years to its striking musicians during the sides' first bargaining session since November.

The DSO said in a statement Saturday its proposal came during a full day of talks Thursday. Management claims the sides were to resume bargaining on Friday, but the players canceled the session.

Musicians' spokesman Greg Bowens says his side was prepared to meet on Friday, but talks didn't happen that day because a DSO lawyer had a scheduling conflict.

Symphony spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt says the attorney was ready to meet and reiterated it was the musicians who called off Friday's session.

The walkout began Oct. 4.

The DSO says it finished the 2010 fiscal year with an $8.8 million deficit.

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