Friday, September 27, 2013

Minnesota Orchestra Management Offends Musicians. Again.

Yesterday, the Minnesota Orchestra board offered its musicians a new agreement to end the year-long lockout: while the base pay for musicians would see base pay shrink by 25% after three years, the board did offer a one-time $20,000 payout to mitigate the shock.

This is an improvement over previous offers, but the musicians union didn't take kindly to management circumventing mediator George Mitchell to make the offer directly to them, and certainly didn't appreciate that it went public.

“We are further offended that they have again broken the confidentiality of the mediator’s process,” said spokesperson Blois Olson. “We encourage management to stop playing games and work through the mediator."

At least that's not a "no,"right?