Tracing the path to Minn. Orchestra deal

  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 11:01 PM

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.

 

April 17, 2013: Talks break down as sides differ on details of financial analysis.

 

April 30, 2013: In a letter to the board, Vänskä says he will quit if Carnegie Hall cancels orchestra concerts set for November.

 

June 13, 2013: Legislative Auditor report says Orchestra has used state money properly, but may need to return $960,000 in state grants from 2013.

 

July, 2013: Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell agrees to mediate dispute.

 

July 22, 2013: Management proposes lifting lockout for two month of talks, with musicians taking a 25 percent cut if no agreement is reached; musicians reject offer.

 

Aug. 16, 2013: Mitchell proposes lifting lockout for four months, with musicians making their pre-lockout pay, but returning to lockout if no deal is reached. Musicians accept; management rejects.

 

Sept. 3, 2013: Negotiating team chairman Richard Davis says board is resigned to fact that Vänskä may leave if dispute is not settled.

 

Sept. 11, 2013: Musicians say they have made financial proposal. Board dismisses it as “vague framework.”

 

Sept. 12, 2013: Media gets first look at $50 million renovation of Orchestra Hall.

 

Sept. 15, 2013: New offer made to musicians through Mitchell’s office.

 

Sept. 26,2013: Management makes new proposal,with a 3-year salary stepdown and a $20,000 bonus per musician. Musicians reject it on a 60-0 vote.

 

Sept. 30, 2013: Management rejects two pay proposals from musicians and cancels two Carnegie Hall concerts planned for November.

 

Oct. 1, 2013: Vänskä resigns.

 

Oct. 5, 2012: Vänskä leads the orchestra in the first of three sold-out farewell concerts at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

 

Dec, 11, 2013: Ten DFL legislators call for the resignation of orchestra CEO Michael Henson and board chair Jon Campbell.

 

Dec. 12, 2103: Orchestra reports a deficit of $1.1 million for the past fiscal year, when no concerts were performed.

 

Jan. 14, 2014: Board and musicians approve new three-year contract.

 

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

 

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