At­lanta sym­phony, mu­si­cians reach la­bor deal

The Covington News - - Around the Region -

AT­LANTA (AP) — The At­lanta Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and its mu­si­cians have reached a deal to end their la­bor dis­pute, sav­ing the up­com­ing sea­son.

Au­thor­i­ties say the mu­si­cians ac­cepted a new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment this week, clear­ing the way for the 2012-2013 sea­son to open Oct. 4.

The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion re­ports that the deal will cost the mu­si­cians $5.2 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion over two years, change their pay struc­ture, and cut their num­bers sig­nif­i­cantly.

The Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion re­ports that sym­phony Pres­i­dent Stan­ley Ro­manstein and some other top ASO ex­ec­u­tives will for­feit 6 per­cent of their col­lec­tive salaries un­der terms of the agree­ment.

Be­fore the deal was reached, the sym­phony stopped pay­ing its mu­si­cians and the Woodruff Arts Cen­ter locked them out of the sym­phony fa­cil­i­ties.

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