Minnesota Orchestra costs can't be sustained

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 6:25 AM

Without a settlement soon, institution could slip away.

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barrym9Sep. 6, 13 8:09 PM

Wow strib, at least we know now what side of the anti-labor movement you are on! Why didn't you advise the orchestra management to work with the independent mediator? I bet you lost a lot of readership with this one. Too bad, now the powerful bankers are driving a once great newspaper towards bankruptcy, too.

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erikj3Sep. 6, 13 8:22 PM

Enough of this nonsense. Lock both sides in a room with George Mitchell and don't let any of them out until they've reached an agreement.

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craigaverySep. 6, 13 8:42 PM

Well said! Income and expenses need to meet. For those musician who wish to play, I hope they step forward and promote putting together an offer that will meet those ends. Otherwise the economic realities will prevail.

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reader818Sep. 6, 13 8:44 PM

If our orchestra board was as competent as our orchestra, we wouldn't be having this problem. Instead, bad management is causing the destruction of a great institution. As a community, we will all suffer for it.

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DufferHSep. 6, 13 8:54 PM

barrym9: I really don't believe that an editorial urging both sides to get their acts together is going to cost the StarTribune readership.

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badcopperSep. 6, 13 8:55 PM

A respected auditor validates the boards position. A left leaning editorial board urges the musicians to compromise. The overwhelming majority of Minnesotans don't care. The trajectory of events does not look good for the musicians.

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sukhinoSep. 6, 13 9:02 PM

This editorial was obviously bought and paid for by the Banksters on the MOA Board of Directors, Richard Davis and Jon Campbell. Let it also be known that Star Tribune CEO Michael Klingensmith is on the orchestra's Board of Directors. So much for ethical journalism.

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songoflarkSep. 6, 13 9:10 PM

So much misinformation swirling about! The musicians promised to submit a counter-proposal under the framework of the Mitchell plan; they just don't want to submit it outside the bounds of mediation, because there are undesirable legal consequences in doing so. Plus...is the Strib remotely aware of the 250+ work rule changes, that have little if anything to do with the budget? The deliberate strategy the management pursued to show deficits these past years? The misleading advertising of the organization's fiscal health? The blacklisting of patrons who dare to speak up against the MOA? The way that people all around the orchestra world are laughing at the intellectual and factual bankruptcy of the "independent analysis" the MOA released the other day...after months of sitting on it, just when it needed? The way the MOA has lied in fundraising phone calls? That the orchestra's endowment is the sixth largest in the country? (If the orchestra is going to go bankrupt in three years, as Mr. Henson has suggested, most other orchestras in this country will fall ahead of us, and yet is any top-tier American orchestra suggesting cuts of this size? No.) The MOA has played you like a fiddle, Strib. Get your heads out of the sand. Visit Save Our Symphony Minnesota for much more information.

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barrym9Sep. 6, 13 9:12 PM

The editorial fails to mention that the musicians already agreed to a concessionary counteroffer put forward by the mediator, but management declined. The editorial also insinuates that the musicians are just "following the agenda of their NY labor attorneys." Looking at the word choices throughout, this editorial seems written to incite rather than bring the sides together, so I apologize for my emotional outburst.

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shushyn78Sep. 6, 13 9:14 PM

So why don't they get their share of the state sales tax? Or do they?

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