SPCO management offer: 15 percent pay cut for musicians

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra management plans to make a new contract offer to musicians on Monday that proposes a 15 percent pay cut, a cut of several musician positions and an early retirement program.
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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians are bracing for an offer Monday from management amid a long-running back-and-forth over cost-savings for the financially strapped organization, the Star Tribune reports.

The offer would cut the guaranteed minimum salary for current workers by 15 percent from $73,732 to $62,500.

It also proposes cutting the SPCO to 28 musicians. It currently has 31, with an additional three positions now vacant, MPR says.

The Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis is also in contract talks. MPR recently asked: Does Minnesota need two world-class orchestras?

Check out the proposal for yourself.

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