This morning’s news from Detroit is discouraging:
Prospects for productive talks in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike seem to be taking a turn for the worse. After an executive committee board meeting Wednesday, management released new figures casting doubt on whether the organization could meet the financial burdens of its current proposal.
For their part, musicians Tuesday night hand-delivered letters to DSO board members across the Metro area charging that management’s proposal fails to conform to the agreed-upon terms that brought them together in off-again, on-again talks that began Jan. 19.
The letter states that orchestra officials have not proposed a contract comprising $36 million over 36 months as stipulated in a plan outlined last month by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Rather, the letter alleges, the proposal amounts to a $32 million budget spread over 40 months.
This is not the kind of public dialog that would indicate that things are moving closer to a settlement.