SPCO locks out union players, quieting 2nd orchestra

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 21, 2012 - 11:16 PM

Members of both world-class orchestras that call Minnesota home were locked out of their concert halls in contract disputes.

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DufferHOct. 21, 12 7:17 PM

Who determined that these are "world-class" orchestras? This term gets tossed around so much without substantiation that it really has no meaning.

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kingtutskyOct. 21, 12 7:21 PM

I think a lockout happens when a union rejects management's offer of wage and benefits. So what's the problem? Underpaid workers or inflexible management? My advice is-- learn how to prosper in the private sector. Sell yourself.

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gingergirlgimbusOct. 21, 12 7:46 PM

Shame on both the SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra managements. It is disgraceful the what these two "mis"managements have offered their musicians. These two orchestras are the pride and jewels of the state and to lose them or lessen their artistic qualities would be a detriment to the artistic life in the Twin Cities.

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threed61Oct. 21, 12 7:49 PM

I guess we will find out how 'world class' the players of both orchestras are when they have to start looking for jobs. Orchestras around the world have cut back, there are plenty of excellent players seeking work.

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dtmonkeyboyOct. 21, 12 8:28 PM

Gee wonder why people don't want. 33% cut? If things are that bad, I assume management is taking 33%.

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dtmonkeyboyOct. 21, 12 8:30 PM

Kingtutaky...the Orchestras are in the private sector....they are nonprofits...but private.

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rshacklefordOct. 21, 12 8:45 PM

If only they were mediocre yet obnoxious male pro sports athletes. Then they would be making millions and getting free stadiums. That is the backwards way that things work, right Dayton and Rybak? Hey, where did those two go? Are they already working for an etabs company?

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regionguyOct. 21, 12 8:47 PM

As I recall, the last time SPCO was facing financial issues (which was just a few years ago), the musicians took a 12% pay cut, while senior management took a 15% cut. And the number of staff positions was cut by 15-20%.

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erikj3Oct. 21, 12 8:54 PM

War on workers.

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minneg56Oct. 21, 12 9:33 PM

Our times are the second coming of "the day the music died ..."

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