Archive for October, 2010

Detroit Symphony on Strike

by: Colin Oettle

Already $3.9 million in debt, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is looking to cut musicians’ pay by 33 percent in order to prevent the deficit from reaching $6.5 million. Currently, the ensemble’s starting salary is $105,000 with nine weeks paid vacation. The organization is looking to modify its three year contracts to include a base pay of $70,000 with three weeks vacation, and to reduce pension and benefits. The musicians have stated they will accept a cut of 22 percent, but for now have opted to demonstrate their frustration through a strike. The administration claims that they are willing to meet the musicians at the 22 percent mark, and are hoping to end this strike in time for Friday’s concert. This one even made it to CNN.

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