After months of negotiation, and little progress, both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra face contract deadlines with their musicians this weekend.
Musicians for the Minnesota Orchestra say management is threatening to lock them out at midnight Sunday unless there is a contract agreement by then.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management says a contract counter-proposal from the musicians' negotiating committee still does not save enough to meet the orchestra's needs.
New developments appeared Tuesday in the contract battles at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
With sticky floors and lumpy seats, it was still a place of magic.
Very little light was shed as contract negotiations wrapped up Monday for Minnesota's two top orchestras. Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians negotiators met all day with a federal mediator. In St. Paul, management of the Chamber Orchestra rejected a counterproposal offered by its musicians over the weekend.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra says it needs to cut costs significantly to survive. The musicians had proposed to cut their salaries by 1 percent in the first two years, but raise them by 4 percent in the last year of the contract.
Contract talks between musicians and management at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra broke up for the day on Saturday, apparently without an agreement.
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With time running out for contract negotiations at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, all sides are trying to make their cases to the public.
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After two days of contract negotiations, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians say they need more information before responding to a proposal from management.
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The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra today released the details of its latest contract proposal for its musicians.
As the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra both approach contract deadlines with their musicians, they are wrestling with how to find a model for the future that keeps them financially stable while also preserving the quality of their music.