SPCO musicians ratify agreement with board

5:29 AM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) have ratified a 3-year agreement with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society.

When the lockout ends on April 30, 2013 it will have lasted for 191 days. The musicians' contract expired September 30, 2012 and the lockout began on October 21, 2012.

The new contract requires an approximately 22% reduction in annual salary for the musicians.

The Minnesota Orchestra musicians and board are still at a dead lock on negotiations to end that lockout across the river.

After the announcement St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement:

 "After more than six months of silence, music will once again fill the halls of the Ordway as the world's best chamber orchestra returns to Minnesota's premier concert hall.

I am very grateful to both SPCO management and the Twin Cities Musicians Union for making significant compromises that allowed for today's vote and ended the lockout.

In the coming weeks, leaders in the community will gather to break ground on the new concert hall at the Ordway. This is an important milestone that will provide an unparalleled musical experience for visitors, and signifies the community's commitment to the SPCO.

I join with the community in welcoming back the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra."

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