Orchestra, musicians miss contract deadline
by The Associated Press
August 28, 2012 12:46 AM | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians haven’t reached a new collective bargaining agreement, raising questions about the upcoming season.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a weekend deadline passed with no deal involving the symphony and its 93 musicians. The previous contract between the orchestra and the Atlanta Federation of Musicians expired Aug. 25.

The full-time musicians feared that if a deal was not made, they would be locked out without pay and health benefits.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra officials said in a letter to musicians that they had no authority to continue benefits beyond Aug. 25. The Journal-Constitution reports that symphony officials would not comment further Sunday.

Colin Williams, a spokesman for the musicians, said negotiations are ongoing and that both sides are continuing to work toward a solution.

The contract negotions come just weeks after the Cobb school district said the Walton and Lassiter choral groups will not be performing in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concerts this year because ASO management told them they weren’t “diverse” enough.

The ASO, however, said they simply wanted to open the concerts to other groups.
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