Musicians ask Minnesota Orchestra for financial information

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 8:33 PM

Request includes details about Orchestra Hall renovation and budget forecasts.

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dflleftSep. 4, 13 6:25 PM

QUESTION FOR the musicians and their union...what is it about not enough revenues and too many expenses don't you understand?

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swmnguySep. 4, 13 6:51 PM

So the corporate executives on the Board have run the Orchestra into the ground financially, raised a bunch of money (a lot of it public, taxpayer money too) to buy a shiny new stadium--oops, performance hall; then they want the employee/performers to pay for it all by taking a pay cut, and when the employees question it, management goes on strike? That's what a lockout is; a management strike. Meanwhile, management insists on hundreds of givebacks and rule changes, completely junking the historic way an Orchestra works, to implement their corporate management model? The same corporate management model that has driven the Orchestra, and indeed the whole country, into financial crisis?

Yeah, that sounds about right. And about what one would expect from the same people who brought us the economic collapse of 2008, everything that led up to it, and the bailouts since.

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DufferHSep. 4, 13 6:54 PM

With all this tap dancing and not having yet come up with a counter proposal the union/musicians have lost any credibility that they might have once had.

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selsteSep. 4, 13 8:00 PM

It seems to me to represent the height of arrogance for the musicians' representatives to refuse to give a counter-proposal. Why are they insisting on staying aloof of the normal negotiation process? Why can't they follow the standard procedure of proposal and counter-proposal? And how much financial information do they think they need? If they continually ask for more and more financial information without taking some constructive action, the negotiations will never move past a stalemate. I think the orchestra musicians are casting a very bad light on their profession. It would behoove them to consider some humility and openness to compromise.

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QbikerSep. 4, 13 8:29 PM

I'm not finger pointing or blaming anyone, but I just want this whole Orchestra situation to end. People want to hear music and not talking heads!

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essmo2Sep. 4, 13 8:39 PM

It looks like the public with the exception of Mr Dayton has spoken. The orchestra is something that we can do without in it's present state (subsidies included)

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diogenesnySep. 4, 13 8:49 PM

"...what is it about not enough revenues and too many expenses don't you understand?" What is it about raising 50 million dollars for a new lobby without ensuring funding for the orchestra playing in the main hall don't *you* understand?

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bobhughes3Sep. 4, 13 9:14 PM

"In an interview, Olson said the musicians do not accept the board’s premise that the root of the long-standing contract dispute is a financial crisis." Wow. And I bet the musicians don't see all the empty seats every night, either.

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teddygSep. 4, 13 9:25 PM

When the hall re-opens, expect to see alot of foreign performers on the calendar. No serious U.S. performers will be showing up as long as the lock-out continues. On this issue, management has seriously overplayed their hand.

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gopher68Sep. 4, 13 9:37 PM

Uh oh, I don't think the musicians are going to like what they see. And enough about the shiny new Orchestra Hall. That money was already raised and spent -- water under the bridge.

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