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In the labor relations world, the normal process as parties near a settlement is that the rhetoric is dialed down and signals are sent that indicate that reconciliation of differences is possible. Parties that are truly interested in settling their differences don´t negotiate in public --- there´s no point in doing so.Mr. Wallstein should remember that the recent concert cancellations cited in the blog posting were caused by the musicians going on strike. In the interest of reaching a resolution of the labor dispute this weekend, I am hopeful that he either misspoke or was misquoted. There´s a third possibility, which is that he is posturing in a public forum for the benefit of his membership. If that´s the case, he forgot to signal to the Symphony organization in a private message that he was doing so.
Spokane Symphony Board President Peter Moye has posted a letter on the Spokane Symphony website at http://www.spokanesymphony.org/147.
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