Update Thursday, 9:57 a.m.:
DSO management wrote to us saying the information provided below regarding the DSO contract proposal was dated. We've updated the copy to clarify that this was one of management's original proposals.
Update 6:45 p.m.:
At today's press conference, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians urged management to return to the bargaining table. They say the strike is hurting area businesses, especially restaurants.
David Zainea co-owns the Majestic Cafe in Midtown, and he says business has taken a big hit since the musicians went on strike Oct. 4:
"We’re down almost 25% in the course of three months."
The musicians said they wanted to use the suggested proposal U.S. Senator Carl Levin and then-governor Jennifer Granholm had issued as a roadmap.
That proposal called for a $36 million, 3-year contract that would require sacrifice from both sides.
DSO management issued a statement this afternoon saying they would submit a proposal to the federal mediator "detailing how it would spend $36 million over three years once it secures additional, sustainable funding that would both close the gap between its position and the union's and support the enhanced communal and educational activities that are now even more important for the orchestra to revive and thrive."
DSO board chair Stanley Frankel had originally said he took the Granholm-Levin recommendation seriously, but:
"A $36 million compensation package is beyond what every consultant and our Board have said is feasible."