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Atlanta Sees A Sliver Of Sunshine

The 7/16/2015 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article by Howard Prousner that reports on some good news for the beleaguered Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in the form of an undisclosed six figure surplus for the 2014/15 season that started off with a nine week lockout. Though final fiscal 2015 figures will not be known until later this summer when financial records are complete for the Woodruff Arts Center — the nonprofit entity over the ASO, Alliance Theatre and High Museum of Art — Woodruff spokesman Randy Donaldson said early numbers […]

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Atlanta Gets A Deal

Just as things were beginning to look especially dark, the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) managed to reach an agreement on terms for a new four year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that officially brings an end to the nine week lockout that silenced the orchestra’s 70th anniversary season. Terms were finalized on Thursday, 11/6/2014 while the employer and employees officially ratified the CBA over the weekend. As of now, a copy of the complete terms have yet to be released but key elements related to […]

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Atlanta Approaches Another DeadlineUpdate: tentative deal in the works…

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) lockout approaches its latest in a series of deadlines this weekend and if they fall short of reaching an agreement, you can expect another round of concert cancellations. According to an article in the 10/5/2014 Journal-Constitution by Howard Pousner, mediated negotiations resumed that day but at the time this article was written, an agreement as failed to materialize. Barring considerable movement on key issues of wages and numbers of musicians employed, it is highly unlikely they will reach a new agreement before cancelling additional events. Over the […]

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Expect More Cancellations In Atlanta

After three weeks of mediated negotiations, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) are no closer to an agreement with their musicians than before they locked them out on 9/7/2014. According to an article by Jenny Jarvie in the 10/24/2014 edition of ArtsAtl.com, the WAC remains firmly entrenched, failing to modify their previous offer while a press statement from the musicians indicates that have offered concessions from previous proposals on health care benefits and salary. Currently, talks have broken down following the WAC’s decision to attach a deadline for the musicians […]

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No News Is Bad News In Atlanta

It appears that mediation is having little impact at resolving the lockout between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA). The 10/16/14 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Arts & Culture blog featured a post by Howard Pousner which reports that the ASOPA has become frustrated after what they characterized as intransigence wrapped inside delaying tactics from WAC negotiating representatives. As a result, ASOPA reached out to ASO board members via letter to voice dissatisfaction with the WAC’s lack of participation, especially in light […]

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