Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra unanimously rejected management’s latest contract proposal. The three-year contract offered by management would have cut musicians salaries’ from an average of $136,000 a year under the old contract to $104,500. Each musician also would also have received a $20,000 signing bonus.
Friday night is the biggest fundraiser of the year at Orchestra Hall, and it’s taking place in the middle of a lockout that has gone on for nearly a year. “This is devastating to all families and musicians to not be able to play for a year,” said principal cellist Anthony Ross. Nearly all day, musicians have been holding signs outside Orchestra Hall asking for support from the public during the lockout.
Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians have talked through an independent mediator in recent days as deadlines loom over the institution’s future amid a long and contentious labor dispute.
It appears the end to the ongoing dispute between the Minnesota Orchestra musicians and its management is not over yet. Thursday, the musicians rejected the latest offer from the orchestra management.
As the Minnesota Orchestra musicians lockout continues, the musicians are demanding to see updated financial reports, budgets and forecasts. On Tuesday, orchestra administrators said a financial review proves they’ve been financially responsible. But the musicians said it wasn’t a thorough enough analysis.
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