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Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:34 PM

The Minnesota Orchestra management has locked out the musicians,

even though they offered to continue playing without a contract or submit to arbitration, and cancelled all concerts through November 25.

They were asking the musicians to take a 35%-50% pay cut, claiming "financial problems," but they refuse to open their books.

The usual right-wing suspects are on the Strib website with their talk of market forces and bashing unions, but I hope that those who have some inside knowledge of classical music will jump in and defend these world-class artists.

(And as a subscriber, I am now sorry that I subscribed. I feel like demanding a refund for those cancelled concerts--I'm told that's an option--with a letter saying that I'm donating it to the musicians' strike fund.)

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Reply The Minnesota Orchestra management has locked out the musicians, (Original post)
Lydia Leftcoast Oct 2012 OP
geardaddy Oct 2012 #1
Lydia Leftcoast Oct 2012 #2
geardaddy Oct 2012 #3
sdfernando Oct 2012 #4
glinda Oct 2012 #6
MNBrewer Oct 2012 #5
Lydia Leftcoast Oct 2012 #7

Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:38 PM

1. Solidarity to the musicians.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:41 PM

2. The musicians certainly have solidarity, because they voted unanimously

to reject management's demands.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:46 PM

3. Good.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:47 PM

4. Even with a unionized job

most symphony musicians have to take other work, students, shows etc. to make a decent living. I support union jobs for all musicians! Sounds like something fishy going on in the management office...why else won't they open their books? Are they not a non-profit orchestra, won't their donors want to know what is happening with the money they gave? Before cutting musician's or stagehands pay, why not cut management and their salaries?

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:58 PM

6. It is true they support themselves with other jobs also. Not opening

the books gives a dishonest impression. Unfortunately this scurfuffle will make some donors not give. Now I will say in defense of the Organization, that some higher paid musicians live in nice digs but still it is important to note that just cutting salaries that large of an amount on such short notice would present a hardship most likely for some. I stand with the musicians.
Perhaps they should have put off "redesigning" the historically designed lawn. Left it alone. It used to be a great place to ice skate.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:56 PM

5. I also support the musicians!

Why wouldn't the "management" do like they did with the SPCO, and continue under the old contract?

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:50 PM

7. Check out this letter from three former conductors: DeWaart, Skrowaczevski, and Marriner

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/letters/172904331.html

I heard someone say that Osmo can't comment publicly because it's in his contract that he not take sides in any dispute between the musicians and management, but at the Lake Harriet concert, they read aloud a letter from him saying what a privilege it is to work with this group of musicians.

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