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Minn. Orchestra musicians reject offer

September 5, 2013 • Entertainment


Tim Zavadil and other Minnesota Orchestra musicians announce they are rejecting the newest offer by management to resolve a labor contract during a news conference outside Orchestra Hall Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Minneapolis. Zavadil said the secret ballot on the management offer was unanimous, although he did not say how many of the players voted. The musicians also voted unanimously to urge the orchestra’s board of directors to reconsider a proposal put forward by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The board rejected that plan in August. Management locked out the musicians 11 months ago after they rejected the board’s first offer. Music director Osmo Vanska has threatened to resign if Carnegie Hall cancels two November concerts featuring the orchestra. Vanska has said the orchestra must be in rehearsal by Sept. 30 to be ready. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management.

Clarinetist Tim Zavadil heads the musicians’ negotiating team. Zavadil said Thursday the secret ballot on the management offer was unanimous, although he did not say how many of the players voted.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/18G4f59 ) reports the musicians also voted unanimously to urge the orchestra’s board of directors to reconsider a proposal put forward by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The board rejected that plan in August.

Management locked out the musicians 11 months ago after they rejected the board’s first offer.

Music director Osmo Vanska has threatened to resign if Carnegie Hall cancels two November concerts featuring the orchestra. Vanska has said the orchestra must be in rehearsal by Sept. 30 to be ready.

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