30. August 2010 · Comments Off on Detroit Symphony Orchestra · Categories: News, Symphony

I haven’t blogged about the DSO … or if I have it’s been a while back … but they are dealing with some major problems. Yesterday I read this:

Management has presented two proposals to cover the next three years. Proposal A called for a cut in base salary of about 28 percent for the first year (from $104,650 to $74,880), according to reports in The Detroit News, with modest increases for the second and third, along with other concessions. Proposal B called for a 33 percent cut in the first year for current players (to $70,200) and a base starting salary of $63,000 for new members. The players have made a counterproposal offering a 22 percent cut in the first year (to $82,000) but with larger increases in the second and third.

No further talks are scheduled. “We are disappointed with this outcome and are considering next steps,” the orchestra said in a statement, while noting that “as a matter of law, no action can be taken until Sept. 24.”

The players, in a news release on their Web site, amplified slightly: “As a result of management’s failure to file notices required by the National Labor Relations Act, the D.S.O. will now be required to continue the terms and conditions of the expired contract at least until Sept. 23.”


Sure doesn’t sound like good news.

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