Minnesota Orchestra Musicians to Vote Saturday

Updated: 09/27/2013 6:39 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen Galles

Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will vote Saturday on management's latest contract proposal.

A one-time, $20,000 bonus might change the tune of negotiations between musicians and the Minnesota Orchestra Board.

The Carlson Family Foundation, along with a handful of other groups, have come up with the money to help offset a pay cut in the new, proposed contract.

The current minimum salary for musicians is $113,204 according to management.  The proposed salary cut would the minimum annual salary down to $88,700 (average for three years).

Contract negotiations have been bitter and ongoing for the past year.  The new season is set to begin next week. Director Osmo Vanska has said he'll resign if musicians can't start preparing for November concerts at Carnegie Hall.

The offer expires at noon on Monday.