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Continued: Has Minnesota Orchestra dispute found a new tune?

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Stryker, classical music critic for the Detroit Free Press, has watched the Minnesota dispute with keen interest. The Detroit Symphony had been the poster child for orchestral labor strife, with the strike and the subsequent deal that cut base salaries by roughly 20 percent. Minnesota is certain to displace Detroit in that unenviable position and Stryker is puzzled by how bitter and protracted the dispute has become.

“The public-relations game happens in all labor disputes,” he said. “What is atypical is that 10 months into it, it’s still happening. In every case I can think of, the gamesmanship stops and the negotiating begins.”

Still, the mediation effort that has been started does not guarantee success.

“If one side or the other is so entrenched, then a mediator will not be successful,” said Budd. “If certain segments on each side believe enough is enough, then a mediator can be helpful. But they’re not magicians.”

 

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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