MN Orchestra Board Rejects Mediator’s Proposal

Updated: 08/16/2013 7:27 AM By: Leslie Dyste

There are new developments regarding the future of the Minnesota Orchestra.

A push to get negotiations up and running again have appeared to stall. KSTP has obtained details of a mediator's proposal that was accepted by the musicians but rejected by the board. At this point, it's unclear why the board rejected the proposal.

It would have allowed musicians to return to work under the orchestra's previous contract, starting Sept. 1.

If no agreement was reached in two months, musicians would have taken a 6 percent cut. If no agreement was reached by Dec. 31, the two sides would go back to their respective positions.

Both sides would have been required to start in-person mediation next week. The musicians have been locked out since October 2012.

Also Thursday, 91 composers sent an open letter to the Orchestra Board Administration and musicians.

The New York Times reports the letter reads, in part, "We urge you to act now to resolve the lockout and reinstate this essential training ground for the cultivation of talented composers."