The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has announced in a media statement that it will provide mediation services to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management in their current labor dispute.
The FMCS said the mediation request ion was from both the orchestra musicians and management in helping solve issues with salary cuts, health benefits and the potential downsizing of the orchestra. FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck will lead the Agency’s effort.
The ongoing stalemate has taken a toll on the ASO, with opening of the season delayed and concerts cancelled. On Sept. 29, Stanley Romanstein resigned as the president and CEO of the Board of Directors of the ASO, citing that his leadership would be an “impediment” to reaching a new labor agreement with the symphony’s musicians. Terry Neal, a current ASO Board member and a retired executive of The Coca-Cola Company, was named interim CEO.