October 1, 2012 by Sarah M
The Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) has announced plans to cancel fall performances through Nov. 25 as a result of the breakdown in contract talks between the MOA and musicians.
Musicians of the orchestra, however, have announced plans to hold their own concerts. For details, click here.
Contract talks between orchestra management and the members of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union (Local 30-73) started in April and failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement before today’s deadline.
The latest proposal offers musicians an average salary of $89,000 and 10 weeks paid vacation, among other benefits, according to a news release from the MOA.
“We have great respect for our musicians’ talents, and today is a difficult day,” said MOA Board Chair Jon Campbell, in a prepared statement. “Our organization, however, cannot keep performing on borrowed time. … We cannot continue on this course, and our Board is united in the belief that, in order to protect the Minnesota Orchestra for the long term, we must address our financial challenges now, rather than push them forward and allow them to multiply.”
For more information on cancelled performances, click here.
— Sarah McKenzie