The Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and musicians, who are members of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union (Local 30-73), on January 14 ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that end’s the organization’s lockout. The agreement will go into effect on February 1 and the orchestra’s first concert performances Orchestra Hall are expected in early February.
The schedule of performances will be announced shortly.
“This ratified agreement reflects that both the musicians and the board made concessions on issues of importance to them, which was necessary in order to bring the organization together again,” said board negotiating chair Richard Davis. “Our success now depends on our ability to move forward with positive spirit as one organization, and we are very pleased to begin this work with the musicians and to engage our audiences with music again.” Clarinetist and musician negotiator Tim Zavadil said,
According to the Star-Tribune, the terms of a three-year deal cuts salaries and benefits roughly 15 percent. The average salary would drop to $118,000 in the first year, from $135,000 under the expired contract. There are small salary increases in the second two years, which musicians said would reduce the total cut to 10 percent.
Musicians would pay significantly more for health care.
The status of former music director Osmo Vänskä remains unclear, the Star-Tribune added. He resigned Oct. 1, after the two sides were unable to reach agreement, though negotiations on his status reportedly continue.
“Musicians are pleased that we have come to a solution with our board, and we are ready to work with them to begin the hard work that lies ahead. We are anxious to start performing for our community at home in Orchestra Hall once again. We know that there is a great love for this orchestra throughout the community, and we are confident that this community will, in fact, continue to support world-class music in the Twin Cities.”