Minnesota Orchestra: State leaders must intervene

  • Article by: Laurie Greeno and Paula DeCosse 
  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Senators, legislators, the governor, the mayor, musicians and the orchestra board itself ­— you must know that our time is up.

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beno16Sep. 9, 13 7:29 PM

Government needs to stay out of the way. Particularly when the politicians named are all pro-union.

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william16Sep. 9, 13 7:46 PM

This is a "crisis"? Puhleeze. I enjoy classical music, but calling the labor/mgt impasse of the orchestra a "crisis," like the Syrian crisis, diminishes the term.

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mnorchfanSep. 9, 13 7:55 PM

No surprise that the union wants the "government" to step in, when they can't get their way and have a business model that won't pay their inflated wage demands. So the most important thing for elected officials is helping the fiddle players achieve their 130k for working half the year? The government needs to stay out of pastimes and leisure pursuits of the chattering classes and allow the market to determine what people are actually interested in.

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songoflarkSep. 9, 13 8:30 PM

A play and talk agreement is critical. I call upon both board and musicians to work through their chosen mediator, George Mitchell, who currently has a proposal on the table that has risks for both sides. Management has rejected it because it fears a deficit, but trust me: management will have a lot more than a big deficit to deal with if it doesn't lift the lockout by September 15...

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badcopperSep. 9, 13 8:45 PM

the economic engine that the orchestra has become----- its begs, borrows, and steals almost every dollar it considers revenue. In who's mind is it an "economic engine"?

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badcopperSep. 9, 13 8:45 PM

management will have a lot more than a big deficit to deal with if it doesn't lift the lockout by September 15...------ wow, threats?

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 9, 13 8:46 PM

A form of entertainment for a niche audience. A well heeled audience. Back to my wrestling show.

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magoldsteinSep. 9, 13 8:47 PM

A treasured and world-class 110 year old institution being killed off because you (beno 16, william 16, and mnorchfan) don't want politicians who might not have your political leanings getting involved? Guess you want the Minnesota Orchestra to go down in flames just because of anti-union sentiment. Here we all can see what this dispute is about--- ideology, not money. Thanks for clarifying your and apparently the MOA Board's position, as well as illustrating how selfishness rules your life. Clear as a bell.

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mnorchfanSep. 9, 13 9:12 PM

Yes it appears the board does fear debt cause that is what would put the orchestra out of business for good. I still don't understand the supposed supporters of the musicians, first you deride the people who give money and attend charity events where the proceeds go right to the musicians, then since the fiscal facts arent ones you like you start smear campaigns against them,... and now because management won't let the union bankrupt the orchestra you make threats. Nice to see professional labor in action!

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songoflarkSep. 9, 13 9:14 PM

Badcopper, "a lot more to deal with" if they don't agree by September 15 = decreased earned revenue, no unionized performers playing at the hall (and keep in mind most of the people who appear there are unionized), no music director, no *prospects* for a music director, broad swaths of MOA employees needing to be laid off, shattered trust, blighted reputation, no more Carnegie concerts, no more European tours, board members having to pay more to make up for the large decrease in donations, educational opportunities squandered...shall I go on??? This is reality.

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