Skip to main content

Orchestra musicians vote to reject contract: Management responds

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The board of the Minnesota Orchestra issued a statement Saturday afternoon in response to musicians' vote to reject its latest contract offer. KSTP posted a copy of the statement, which says management has "moved significantly" over the course of its four contract offers and hopes the musicians will compromise too.

The Pioneer Press reported the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra voted Saturday to reject the latest contract offer.

Spokesman Blois Olson called the offer "artistically unsustainable."

"Musicians have long said this is not just about money," Olson said. "It's about maintaining the world-class talent and reputation of the orchestra."

He also said the talks were very fluid, and that the musicians decided to vote this morning so they could try to make progress by Monday.

The Star Tribune  quoted a member of the musician's negotiating team saying he's not sure how firm the Monday deadline is for Osmo Vanska's resignation. “We were told that the 9th was a deadline, then the 15th, and then the 23rd,” Doug Wright said. “Even if Monday is not a hard deadline, we know a deadline is looming.”

Music director Osmo Vanska has said he will quit if the orchestra doesn't start rehearsing this week.

The musicians say the offer on the table would diminish the quality of the orchestra, making it less than "world-class."

The latest board proposal would cut musicians’ base salaries by 18.6 percent in the first year, and then take graduated steps in which the total cut reaches 25 percent in year three. Foundations and a handful of wealthy donors came up with about $1.5 million to sweeten the pot with a $20 thousand signing bonus.

Next Up

Jacob Frey and Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander walks back comments made on Twitter; Frey reacts

Alexander also blocked multiple accounts, some being media and journalists.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota bans fraudulent company targeting student loans holders

The settlement will return the full amount collected from Minnesota customers.

Screen Shot 2022-10-07 at 11.13.49 AM

Celebrated barefoot water skier died in accident on Brooklyn Center lake

Paul Oman died in a barefoot water skiing accident on Sept. 12.

Screen Shot 2022-10-07 at 10.49.51 AM

Sisters now living in MN win $80K over treatment at Texas border facility

Kerlin Sanchez Villalobos and her sister were awarded a settlement of $80,000.

Minneapolis Fire Department

Series of garage fires cause damage in south Minneapolis

Two of the fires occurred on the 4500 block of Snelling Avenue.

Cedric Alexander

Minneapolis’ public safety chief spends evening mocking, blocking on Twitter

The community safety commissioner responded to one user's question about downtown policing by calling them two-faced.

Screen Shot 2022-10-06 at 4.04.40 PM

Ramen bar announced for upcoming Eat Street Crossing food hall

The restaurant roster is filling up at Eat Street Crossing.