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Union asks Minneapolis Institute of Arts members to reject board candidate

Posted by: Mary Abbe under Art, Music, Classical, Behind the scenes, Culture wars, Minnesota musicians, Museums, Orchestras Updated: July 17, 2013 - 6:49 PM

In a show of solidarity with locked-out members of the Minnesota Orchestra, a union representing security staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts asked museum members to reject Richard Davis in his bid for re-election to the MIA's board of trustees.

Davis, the president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp, has been on the MIA's board of trustees since 2007. He is also immediate past chair of the board of the Minnesota Orchestra whose musicians are locked out in a long-running contract dispute. He is one of 10 individuals, including six other incumbents, nominated for three-year terms on the museum's board.

All of the museum's 24,371 members may vote on the slate of trustees in the election which concludes at the museum's annual meeting at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 18.

Opposition to Davis came from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 which represents the museum's security staff. They announced Wednesday that, before the annual meeting, they plan to protest Davis in company with Minnesota Orchestra fans and members of Young Musicians of Minnesota, a youth ensemble.

 

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