Responding a proposal from Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera that calls for 15 percent pay cuts in the coming season, musicians with the two organizations have voted to authorize a strike, The Seattle Times reports.
The vote came after months of contract talks that culminated in last week’s management offer. The Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization said its members have already accepted wage concessions amounting to $9.6-million in recent years and that the symphony posted a balanced budget last season.
The symphony is carrying $11-million in debt and is $25-million endowment is considered to be underfunded, according to the newspaper. The opera announced earlier this year that it had run a $1-million deficit in its 2010-11 season.