A late summer symphony of labor struggle in the arts that has seen lockouts involving orchestras in Indianapolis and Atlanta and a full-scale strike on the part of the Chicago Symphony Orchesta continues.
The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra failed to reach an agreement with management on a new contract by the midnight deadline Sunday and as a result, management has locked them out of their jobs. The orchestra has canceled performances through Nov. 25.
In a storyline that's become all too grimly familiar, management rejected the Minnesota musicians' appeals for arbitration and allowing the orchestra to play as talks continue. In turn, musicians refused to accept pay cuts at an average of 34%, reportedly lowering annual salaries from $134,000 to $89,000.
In a statement released Monday, American Federation of Musicians President Ray Hair denounced the lockout, describing the decision as an "ongoing campaign of economic terrorism that management is waging against the musicians of this great orchestra."