Minnesota Orchestra's final offer

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 9:47 PM

Latest offer retains cut in musician salaries, while SPCO players make new proposal. Both contracts end Oct. 1.

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sukhinoSep. 26, 12 9:49 AM

The Minnesota Orchestra has a reputation for being one of the top orchestras in the world. They have the sixth *largest* endowment of any orchestra in the United States. Their management is spending upwards of $52 million on renovations to orchestra hall, and they recently reported (to their donors) that they had successfully raised $97 million for the "Building for the Future Fund." (They have repeatedly refused to do an independent financial analysis to account for this money.) The CEO of the orchestra, Michael Henson, said just last week "that no immediate financial crisis exists." Why, then, a proposal for such an enormous cut in musicians' pay (not to mention huge changes to their working conditions, etc)? There is no world-class Minnesota Orchestra without these world-class musicians. It appears that the MN Orch management is simply trying to take advantage of the current economic climate and the hall building project as an opportunity to take whatever they can get from the musicians.

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forwardprideSep. 26, 1211:52 AM

Same old song; the money people back the arts into a corner and blame the artists.

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furguson11Sep. 26, 12 4:12 PM

"$89,000; guaranteed pension contribution of 7.63 percent of base salary, 10 weeks of paid vacation and up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave." Not a bad gig if you can get it. And there are a lot of people lined up who'd like a shot. The musicians better be careful, everyone can be replaced.

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