After eight weeks of lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians made a counterproposal that gives hope for an agreement. The musicians said they would agree to a downsizing of the orchestra to only 77 musicians. They ask however that the management would be contractually obligated to increase the size again to a minimum of 84 by the end of the 2016-17 season and a minimum of 88 by the end of 2017-18. The last offer from the management guaranteed the 76 jobs over the four years, with no further downsizing. After the cuts from 2012 the orchestra of 95 became already notably smaller with 88 full-time musicians. A number of other agreements on salaries, pensions and health care were already reached during the negotiations of last week.

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