- Associated Press - Thursday, December 16, 2010

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin has met with two members of the ensemble to discuss an ongoing strike _ the first such meeting since they walked out Oct. 4.

Musicians’ spokesman Haden McKay tells the Detroit Free Press that Slatkin “showed a lot of understanding” and vowed to be a “positive force” during the meeting Sunday night. The Free Press first reported the meeting Wednesday.

The Detroit News reports Thursday that Slatkin said in an e-mail the “fact finding mission” had been his idea and that it was necessary to “understand both parties.” Slatkin did not want to speak with negotiators.

Management implemented a 33 percent base pay cut in the first year of the new contract. Musicians had offered a 22 percent reduction.

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