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Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Locked Out; Contract Trouble in Indy

The Minnesota Orchestra locked its musicians out on Monday and has cancelled performances through Nov. 25 as orchestra musicians and management continue to work to agree on the terms of a new labor contract, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune. Saturday, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra rejected a contract  proposal that would significantly reduce their salaries. Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have until 6 p.m. Saturday to accept a contract offer that allows for an increase in musician annual starting salary from $53,000 to $70,000 over five years, but includes a clause that would enable management to halt this salary increase, according to the Indianapolis Star. On Sept. 19 the orchestra's musicians already rejected a contract offer with this so-called "termination option." Read more:

  • Labor Standoffs Silence Orchestras in Minnesota and Indiana (Time)
  • Termination Option Main Sticking Point in Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Contract Dispute (IS)