Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will vote Saturday on management's latest contract proposal. A new three-year contract offer management released Thursday would cut musicians salaries' from an average of $136,000 a year under the old contract to $104,500.
The Minnesota Orchestra has made a new contract offer to its locked-out musicians, one that includes bonus money. Management says the offer is its fourth in the ongoing labor dispute. The proposal would reduce base salaries gradually over three years.
Management of the Minnesota Orchestra says its locked-out musicians have let a contract offer expire with no counteroffer. The orchestra's management says the offer expired at 5 p.m. Monday. Management says the union did not respond to the proposal offered to musicians on Sept. 14.
As the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say it's time for the sides to bury any grudges and return to the bargaining table for face-to-face talks.
Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. Clarinetist Tim Zavadil heads the musicians' negotiating team. Zavadil said Thursday the secret ballot on the management offer was unanimous, although he did not say how many of the players voted.
The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled the rest of its season, citing musicians' refusal to negotiate while a lockout continues. Orchestra management on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the final two weeks of the winter season.
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