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Thu February 17, 2011
Musicians to vote on DSO's 'final offer'
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike might be reaching a crescendo. The DSO issue what it labelled its 'final offer' to striking musicians this week. And now, the Associated Press reports, the musicians union has scheduled a vote:
Striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will vote on management's final offer. Musician Karl Pituch said during a news conference Thursday that members would attend an afternoon meeting and hear recommendations by union officials. Pituch said online voting would begin 7 p.m. Friday and continue Saturday, when results were expected.
The vote would be subject to a 72-hour ratification process. Management had requested an answer by Thursday.
Symphony spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt says Thursday afternoon that management will respect the voting process and wait for a response on the offer. The walkout began Oct. 4 and threatens to shut down the concert season scheduled to end June 5. Management declared an impasse Sept. 1 and began implementing a pay cut.
The result of Friday's vote could determine if the show will go on or if the curtain will come down on the DSO season.