SPCO, musicians hammer out tentative contract agreement

12:35 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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SAINT PAUL - After six months of negotiations and a painful lockout the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPC) and its musicians have announced a temporary agreement that would end the highly publicized work stoppage.  

Mayor Chris Coleman joined with the SPCO at the Ordway Wednesday to announce a mutual agreement to end the lockout.

Management and musicians reached an agreement Tuesday evening which will allow the orchestra, which Coleman called a Saint Paul institution for 54 years, to resume its schedule shows for the remainder of the season.

"I am sincerely thankful to both the SPCO musicians and management, who have worked tirelessly for the past six months to reach an agreement and end this lockout. Both sides made significant concessions in order to bring this treasured institution back to the Ordway, and I recognize their sacrifice," Coleman said.

"All of us at the Ordway are delighted at the prospect of having our wonderful Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra back on the stage, and their loyal audience back in their seats," Patricia Mitchell, President and CEO of the Ordway, said. "Congratulations to all parties for working so diligently to find a path to this welcome moment."

The musician's negotiating committee agreed Tuesday night to recommend that its members approve the current offer from the SPCO Society. The SPCO Society will soon meet with the American Federation of Musicians to approve a media rights agreement, which is expected to pass.

Once an agreement has been reached with the AFM, SPCO musicians will take a formal vote on the current Society offer.

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