There are mixed reports in mainstream media about a revised counter-proposal from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) eleventh hour counterproposal to their employer’s 10/27/2014 4:00pm ET deadline to accept an offer that contained a clause guaranteeing management the right to set the number of full time musicians as they see fit as opposed to certifying a fixed minimum number.
According to an article by Howard Pousner in the 10/27/2014 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the ASOPA amended their offer from 10/23/2014 from defining a minimum number of 77 musicians during the first two years, 85 by the end of the third year, and 89 by the end of the fourth to 77 musicians during the first two years, 84 by the end of the third year, and 88 by the end of the fourth.
No word yet on whether the employer, Woodruff Arts Center (WAC), will consider the offer or reject out of hand. Stay tuned for breaking updates.
Update: reports indicate that boths sides are once again exchanging communication via telephone and through the federal mediator. At this point, the WAC has not announced any additional cancellations.