Mon., August 27, 2012 12:02pm (EDT)

Atlanta Symphony, Musicians Fail To Reach Contract
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A weekend deadline passed with no deal involving the Atlanta Symphony and its 93 musicians. The previous contract between the orchestra and the Atlanta Federation of Musicians expired Aug. 25. The full-time musicians feared that if a deal was not made, they would be locked out without pay and health benefits. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/land_camera/3832927012/>Alice Carrier via Flickr</a>.)
A weekend deadline passed with no deal involving the Atlanta Symphony and its 93 musicians. The previous contract between the orchestra and the Atlanta Federation of Musicians expired Aug. 25. The full-time musicians feared that if a deal was not made, they would be locked out without pay and health benefits. (Photo Courtesy of Alice Carrier via Flickr.)
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians haven't reached a new collective bargaining agreement, raising questions about the upcoming season.

A weekend deadline passed with no deal involving the symphony and its 93 musicians. The previous contract between the orchestra and the Atlanta Federation of Musicians expired Aug. 25.

The full-time musicians feared that if a deal was not made, they would be locked out without pay and health benefits.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra officials said in a letter to musicians that they had no authority to continue benefits beyond Aug. 25. The Journal-Constitution reports that symphony officials would not comment further Sunday.

Colin Williams, a spokesman for the musicians, said negotiations are ongoing and that both sides are continuing to work toward a solution.