MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, which one critic called the “greatest in the world,” renewed their offer Friday to meet with management next week.
A press release said the offer comes as the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak passed a resolution (13-0) encouraging a return to the negotiating table. The orchestra’s Board of Directors plans to meet at 12 p.m. Monday, and the musicians are prepared to talk with management and share their “their deep concerns about the contract proposal.”READ MORE: Girl In Very Critical Condition After Being Shot In Head In North Minneapolis
Tim Zavadil, the chair of the negotiating committee, said that Monday would be a good time for those involved to take Rybak’s words seriously.READ MORE: Brooklyn Center Passes Sweeping Public Safety Resolution To Reform Policing
“Yesterday we urged management not to cancel more concerts, today the City Council urged all sides to sit down and work this out,” he said.
The musicians have offered three counter-proposals to management, the press release said. They are (1) to play and talk under the current contract with a no-strike guarantee, (2) to conduct a joint-independent analysis of the orchestra’s finances, and (3) to submit a new contract to binding arbitration.MORE NEWS: Starting Tuesday, Allina Clinics In Minnesota Will Start Vaccinating 12- To 15-Year-Olds
The musicians have been locked out since Oct. 1.