- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

DETROIT (AP) - Striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians are calling for a return to bargaining more than three months after walking off the job.

The musicians renewed their call Wednesday for management to reconsider a compromise proposal announced in December by then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. It proposed a 3-year contract with compensation of $36 million _ down from the previous contract’s $48 million but more than the $34 million management offered.

Orchestra officials said Wednesday they’ve been finalizing a new $36 million offer aimed at ending the walkout.

The news conference was held with local business owners at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit near Orchestra Hall. Those owners say business is down significantly.