"We thought we were getting [a new] offer," flutist Jan Gippo, a representative of the musicians, told the Post-Dispatch. "But it was just the same thing we already turned down."
The offer seemed in part an attempt to place responsibility with the union for the work stoppage, which has been called a lockout by musicians and a strike by management. "[SLSO president] Randy [Adams] asked them back to rehearse tomorrow, so this is definitely not a lockout," Jeff Trammel, an orchestra spokesman, said yesterday. "So far, we haven't had an official response. Hopefully, they will show up for rehearsal tomorrow."
Trammel's statement seemed a reversal of the position attributed to him in yesterday's Post-Dispatch, which reported that he said that musicians would not be allowed to rehearse today if a contract had not been signed.