MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – 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 musicians also passed a unanimous motion to urge Orchestra management to “Play and Talk” – allowing the musicians to work as both parties were in the negotiation process.

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Management’s offer would cut yearly salaries from $135,000 a year to $89,000, and musicians would also pay more for health insurance.

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Douglas Wright, trombonist and member of the negotiating committee, says joint cooperation is in line with Minnesota values.

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“Tonight the musicians of what has been called the ‘The Greatest Orchestra in the World’ by Alex Ross of the New Yorker, rejected a music killing contract proposed by management,” Wright said. “In the spirit of Minnesota where people work together to solve problems, the musicians also want to work while the negotiations continue.”