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Striking Detroit musicians to vote on final offer

By AP

SOUTHFIELD, MI –
Striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will vote on management's final offer.

Musician Karl Pituch said during a news conference Thursday that members would attend an afternoon meeting and hear recommendations by union officials.

Pituch said online voting would begin 7 p.m. Friday and continue Saturday, when results were expected. The vote would be subject to a 72-hour ratification process.

Management had requested an answer by Thursday. Symphony spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt says Thursday afternoon that management will respect the voting process and wait for a response on the offer.

The walkout began Oct. 4 and threatens to shut down the concert season scheduled to end June 5. Management declared an impasse Sept. 1 and began implementing a pay cut.

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