One of the orchestras that made news last year was the Atlanta Symphony, and it seems that once again things are heating up there as the contract deadline approaches.
One thing I noticed about Atlanta was the large number of people working in the central office--as I recall, there were more people working in administration than there were in the orchestra. I understand the need for a strong corporate office, but I have a hard time wrapping my hear around the notion that orchestras need that many people in administrative roles.
At any rate, Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles have gone public with their thoughts on the matter. You can read a letter from them here.