MUSICIANS: “Let’s Meet Monday.”
Musicians Renew Offer to Present Their Position to the Entire Orchestra Board
CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR URGE MEETINGS
MINNEAPOLIS – The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today renewed their offer to meet with the entire Board of Directors of the Minnesota Orchestral Association. After the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor RT Rybak passed a resolution 13-0 today with strong encouragement to return to the negotiating table, the Musicians announced they are prepared to do so as soon as Monday.
The Orchestra’s management and board are meeting Monday at 12 noon, and the Musicians are prepared to sit down and share with the entire board their deep concerns about the contract proposal.
“Yesterday we urged management not to cancel more concerts, today the City Council urged all sides to sit down and work this out,” said Tim Zavadil, chair of the negotiating committee. “Since the Orchestra Board is meeting Monday it would be a good time to take the Mayor’s message seriously.”
The Musicians have offered three counter-proposals to Management:
– To play and talk under the current contract with a guarantee of no strike.
– To submit the new contract to binding arbitration.
– To conduct a joint-independent financial analysis of the Orchestra’s finances.
Management has refused to even discuss any of the Musicians’ proposals.
The Musicians were locked out by management on Oct. 1st, 2012.