Players blast Minnesota Orchestra moves

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 8:00 AM

But Minnesota Orchestra's CEO says he did what was necessary.

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swschradNov. 26, 12 8:12 PM

I seriously question why they chose to rebuild Orchestra Hall in the face of these mounting issues, rather than deal with the fundamental problem of not having anybody to play in it. looks like the board is covering their derrieres after hosing their budgeting while fundraising under rosy pretenses.

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dflleftNov. 26, 12 8:43 PM

FACE IT, the only way now the union employees avoid pay cuts is if the liberal elites in town step up and pay their "fair share" and donate some real money. Perhaps Dayton could donate his inheritance.

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pamina58Nov. 26, 1210:29 PM

@dflleft, you make a good point. Haven't their best patrons even regularly plopped down 1M or more at a time to jet the MO off for yet another tour? Perhaps they could use their megabucks now to help balance the budget.

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kpkooikerNov. 26, 1210:33 PM

The musicians have never said they wouldn't accept pay cuts. They refused to accept a "take it or leave it" contract which demanded 40%+ pay cuts plus major changes in work rules. They asked for an independent review of the Orchestra's finances, while offering to play this season under the old contract while negotiating a new one, and offered to go to binding arbitration. The board responded by locking them out. The board has done nothing but public obfuscation since.

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erikj3Nov. 26, 1211:49 PM

Replace the board, not the players (who have been acting in good faith, unlike the board).

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mnorchfanNov. 27, 12 1:33 AM

The board is made up of people that enjoy classical music, you think it is some type of cabal designed to destroy or take down the orchestra. Really? These board members are volunteers and all give very large amounts of money to the orchestra and open their homes and donate tremendous amounts of time. But they are some evil group of locals and bankers looking to destroy the musicians as part of some multiyear plan. So the whole labor vs. management construct doesn’t really work when the management are volunteers and it is a non-profit.

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rms316Nov. 27, 12 7:22 AM

Outstanding music is played in new or old buildings. Under the difficulties of the situation, it's difficult to understand how all that money was spent on a new building. I agree with swschrad... it's looks like the board is trying to cover their back sides.

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cavellNov. 27, 12 7:25 AM

if the endowment fund is drained at a high rate, in short order it will be exhausted. they have no income now, no performances so the finances must really be strained. but than they are not paying salaries. they are in limbo. not really doing anything.

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brian7291Nov. 27, 12 7:25 AM

Even if this maneuver was meant to be above board (kicking the can operating can down the road while embarking on a major capital campaign) it just doesn't pass the smell test. The capital campaign no doubt was helped on by putting (and paying for) a world-class product on the stage. Now that the capital campaign is complete, the management wants to eviscerate the product in the name of prudent operating. There is no doubt that a serious problem exists here, and that the problem must be dealt with long-term. But a lock-out combined with the inability for both sides to talk to one another is not going to get it done. A baggage-free 3rd party mediator must be brought to the table to resolve this, and fast.

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mohawk1953Nov. 27, 12 7:50 AM

Bloated, overpaid management making bad decisions + overpaid, self entitled, prima donna musicians = financial disaster.

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