Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have met today’s deadline for a response on management’s latest contract offer with a counter-proposal.
Atlanta labor lawyer Rick Warren has been following the negotiations. He says the seven-week-old lock-out of the musicians indicates some strongly-held positions on each side, adding, “The parties have got to find a way to work this out if they want to end this process with a contract.”
The main sticking point in the contract dispute is the size of the orchestra.
The musicians have now backed down on their demand that Woodruff Arts Center commit to adding musicians in the first year of the contract.
However, it requires an increase to 88 musicians by the end of the four-year deal.
The orchestra currently has 77 players.
Woodruff Arts Center says it will review the musicians’ proposal.
In contract negotiations two years ago, the size of the orchestra was cut from 95 musicians to 88. Eleven positions are now open and have not been filled.