Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are planning their own holiday concerts.
Officials with the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that concerts through the rest of the year have been canceled due to the lockout with its musicians.
It’s day two of a lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra and while negotiations continue, they’re not allowed to perform.
The Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians both have tough decision to make. The orchestra says it’s in a tough financial spot, after a nearly $3 million deficit in 2011, and laying off 20 percent of administrators. The musicians say they have to be paid at a top notch level in order to retain the top-notch talent.
Minnesota Orchestra management have rejected two counter offers by the union representing its musicians.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians voted unanimously on Saturday to reject a management proposal to cut pay by 30 to 50 percent, in addition to over 200 changes to the existing contract.
The Minnesota Orchestra says it’s facing significant financial challenges and needs to cut costs substantially. But musicians aren’t happy about the pay cuts they’re being asked to take.
When we buy a CD or download a track from iTunes, we do it because we love that artist. We love that band. And we expect that they’re seeing a good chunk of change. But how much of every download actually goes to the artist?
For the second straight year, members of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra have agreed to a pay cut.