Detroit Symphony Orchestra Strike

Posted on 11 March 2011


DSO musicians are now starting the sixth month of a strike that began October 4. The walkout was provoked by management’s massive concession demands, including a more than 30 percent pay cut, cuts in health and pension benefits and drastic changes in working conditions.

Last month, Detroit Symphony musicians unanimously rejected a “final offer” presented by DSO management. Following the rejection, management declared negotiations ended and suspended the balance of the 2010-2011 concert season.

In a major concession, last week, the musicians union offered a return to work if the orchestra would agree to submit all outstanding differences to binding arbitration. On March 8, the DSO management announced it had rejected the proposal. Meanwhile, musicians are continuing with their highly successful program of community concerts.

Full report here.