Dayton sees ‘last window’ for Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 23, 2013 - 11:21 AM

The governor weighed in publicly, after working behind the scenes, including pushing for George Mitchell as a mediator.

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thorc1Aug. 22, 13 9:44 PM

Management of the MN Orchestra makes management of the MN Twins look like geniuses.

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supervon2Aug. 22, 13 9:50 PM

Dayton: You don't run the orchestra. They do. This is scary when the governor thinks he knows business when he has never done anything with business.

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gopher68Aug. 22, 13 9:53 PM

I would assume that the money needed to continue paying the musicians the 25% raises they received a few years ago would've been found by now if it existed.

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yathinksoAug. 22, 13 9:59 PM

Has anyone missed this? Is this really a good way to spend taxpayers dollars.

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mikehessAug. 22, 1310:26 PM

It's not surprising that the orchestra would seek to protect domain names that could be confused withe Minnesota Orchestra. But the targeted grab of dissenter, community sounding domains is harder to explain. And yes, to buy up 12 or 13 domain names on the internet, without protecting your identify, is kind of amateurish and ineffective. Go figure. Lastly while the musicians setup a website for communication, they didn't have one already (the orchestra does), and they took a name that supports their position instead of blocking names that disagree.

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yvesbabetteAug. 22, 1310:41 PM

I don't know why it's not obvious that before any way forward will open, Henson must go. When that happens, an agreement will be reached in short order.

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mchristiAug. 23, 1312:07 AM

"Has anyone missed this?" Presumably "this" is the Minnesota Orchestra. And, yes, many people are definitely missing the Minnesota Orchestra. This lock out has gone on about 11 months too long already. It's time for the management to start being reasonable, ease in changes that may need to happen for financial reasons while respecting the musicians, recognize that the orchestra actually playing music is the very reason for the organization's existence, and settle this dispute quickly. If Michael Henson and some of the board leadership needs to resign for that the happen, then they should so that the Minnesota Orchestra Association can get back to its purpose, the orchestra. If those figures can get this solved themselves, then they should do so and then step aside for leadership that values the orchestra, the music they make, and our community more highly.

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DufferHAug. 23, 1312:30 AM

Yeah, Mr. Dayton, get involved in this. You've done so well with the stadium deal.

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polymath234Aug. 23, 13 5:14 AM

It must be clear to everyone by now that the management and board of the orchestra believe the orchestra's reputation as world-class isn't due to the quality of the musicians but to their brilliant leadership. There are plenty of hungry musicians out there, they reason: but only a few brilliant, tough leaders like us. Therefore, let's kill the musician's union. We can get new players, no problem. In twenty years no one will remember what great music played by great musicians sounds like anyway. But Orchestra Hall? That vast, empty, expensively renovated chamber? That will live on for many years to come.

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civilbobAug. 23, 13 6:45 AM

Time to just fire the current musicians, hire new ones who appreciate their jobs and move on.

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