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.READ MORE: Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle In Rosemount
Management’s offer would cut yearly salaries from $135,000 a year to $89,000, and musicians would also pay more for health insurance.READ MORE: 2 Arrested After Shooters Open Fire Into Brooklyn Park Home
Douglas Wright, trombonist and member of the negotiating committee, says joint cooperation is in line with Minnesota values.MORE NEWS: Judge In Chauvin Trial To Release Names Of Jurors On Nov. 1
“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.”