Minnesota Orchestra management sends new proposal to musicians


A new deal is on the table for the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Star Tribune reports.

Management proposed a deal Thursday that would lift the lockout on Sept. 30 and let the musicians earn the same amount of money they did on their contract before the lockout began 11 months ago.

Per the proposal, the "play and talk" period would last two months, and if the dispute isn't resolved by then, a 24-month contract would kick in and the musicians would be paid an average salary of $102,000.

The amount is 24 percent less than the $135,000 average salary of their last contract, but $23,000 more than the management offered before the lockout began last September.

According to the Star Tribune, the average total compensation of the 24-month contract, along with benefits, would average out at $135,000.

While management's goal was to eliminate a deficit entirely, board chair Jon Campbell says they wanted to put forth a compromise in the hopes of getting musicians back on the stage and audiences back in Orchestra Hall in time to launch a new season."

The new proposal comes a day after management imposed a Sept. 15 make-or-break deadline to reach a settlement.

If the musicians accept the new proposal, it would meet conductor Osmo Vanska's need of having the musicians back in their chairs by Sept. 30, the drop-dead date that would ensure the musician have enough time to prepare for performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Nov. 2 and 3.

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