Locked-Out MN Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Offer

Updated: 09/27/2013 4:31 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Photo: KSTP photo files.
Photo: KSTP photo files.

Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management.

The offer included two months of salary - according to what they were previously paid - followed by two years with a 25 percent pay cut.
The musicians say they deserve better.      

Management locked out the musicians 11 months ago after they rejected the board's first offer.

Michael Henson, president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, released this statement:

"We are disappointed that the musicians' have rejected our compromise proposal, which would have allowed our season to begin on time for concert goers. If the players are not willing to accept this proposal, we ask them to respectfully step forward with one of their own.  In 17 months of negotiations, they have never issued their own counterproposal.

"The board continues to support the mediation process, and we would be happy to sit down this afternoon with the musicians to mediate without preconditions. Unfortunately, the musicians are the party that will not come back to the bargaining table.

"It is important to note that the mediator's confidential proposal is not a contract proposal - it was only suggested as a means of getting musicians to come to the bargaining table. We believe musicians should willingly come back to the table immediately without preconditions so that we can resolve our real and deep financial issues, as outlined in the Financial Review released earlier this week.

"We remain ready to meet with musicians at any point to negotiate."