MN Orchestra musicians reject latest offer

8:21 AM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
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MN Orchestra members in Wayzata

ST. PUAL, Minn. - Minnesota Orchestra musicians voted Saturday to reject management's latest contract proposal.

The Minnesota Orchestra Board Negotiating Committee presented their fourth contract proposal on Thursday.

The offer included an average salary of $104,500 and a signing bonus of $20,000 per musician. The Board had asked that proposal be presented to the musicians for a secret vote before it expires on Monday at 12 p.m.

"This proposal represents the best efforts of a coalition of partners in our community who have stepped forward to enable a contract resolution with musicians before September 30, and we ask the Union to consider it respectfully," said Board Negotiating Committee Chair Richard Davis. "It is a compromise that both softens the impact of concessions on musicians and brings our organization to a position that approaches sustainability by the end of the contract."

The contract proposal's rejection jeopardizes the Orchestra's 2013-2014 season, which is supposed to start in October.

The musicians have been locked out since Oct. 1, 2012.

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