Key dates in the contract dispute between the Minnesota Orchestral Association and union musicians
April 12, 2012: Talks begin between board and musicians. First board proposal is made.
Sept. 6, 2012: Board goes public with its proposal, which includes cuts in base salaries of roughly 30 percent and extensive changes in work rules.
Sept. 7, 2012: Musicians call for joint independent financial analysis. Board says it has supplied 1,200 pages of financial information.
Sept. 29, 2012: Musicians vote unanimously to reject management’s offer.
Oct. 1, 2012: Management locks out musicians.
Oct. 18, 2012: Musicians stage concert with Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski at Minneapolis Convention Center on what would have been the opening weekend of the season.
Nov. 12,2012: Music director Osmo Vänskä issues a plea to board and musicians to “do what it takes” to find a path forward.
Jan. 2, 2013: Two sides meet for first time since Sept. 30. They agree to pursue a joint financial analysis.
Feb. 1, 2013: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and benefactor Judy Dayton host “nonpartisan” concert to celebrate orchestra’s Grammy nomination, with Vänskä conducting.
March 8, 2013: 100 DFL legislators ask State Legislative Auditor to study orchestra’s use of public funds.