The musicians of the Seattle Symphony and its administrative people are on a collision course. Read this article in the Seattle Times and this analysis by Zach Carstensen in The Gathering Note. I recommend reading the Times article first for some basic background and then Carstensen's article for analysis and also for readers comments.
Addendum: Tim Hale, the chair of the Seattle Symphony & Opera Player's Association has written the players take on the situation here. Drew McManus, Mr. Adaptistration and one of the must astute observers of the orchestra world, posts additional commentary on his website here. It would be much better for Seattle to find the money to back its players and their vision to be a top-tier orchestra.