The Columbus Symphony Board of Trustees and the Central Ohio Federation of Musicians Local 103 released the following statement yesterday.

"Representatives of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and American Federation of Musicians met today for an initial negotiation session. Both sides recognize that they face complex and difficult issues but have agreed upon an intense schedule of negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable solution. The parties have agreed to refrain from public discussion of the bargaining process while it is underway."

Things have been anything but cordial since the board released this report. The report, outlining budgetary measures starting with a significant reduction in full-time players, the musicians had balked at infomal metings to discuss it, preferring to open formal negotiations on a contract that ends in August.

The musicians have, however, released several statements on their Web site.

The Beat wrote about the situation a couple weeks back.