Timeline: The path to a deal

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 10:16 PM


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 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 prelockout 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: Musicians get offer through Mitchell’s office.

Sept. 26, 2013: Management makes new proposal, with a 3-year salary step-down 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 ► (6.7 percent cut for one year, or 8 percent immediate cut followed by restoration of pay over three years) ◄ 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: 10 DFL legislators call for the resignation of orchestra CEO Michael Henson and board chair Jon Campbell.

Dec. 12, 2013: Orchestra reports $1.1 million deficit for the past fiscal year, when no concerts were performed.

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

Graydon Royce
 

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