Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Donate $250k To Association. No Funds Earmarked For Eliminating Substitute Pay Disparity.

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The lovefest that is labor relations between the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (MOMO) crossed a new threshold last week with the announcement that the musicians decided to donate $250,000 in restricted use funds to the MOA for the purpose of establishing The Bellwether Fund, a new program designed to underwrite education and community programming via activity that includes previous musician run initiatives outside the …

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One Year Later, Minnesota Orchestra Pay Disparity Continues To Elicit Strong Opinions

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The Best And Worst Of 2014 article from 12/31/2014 generated a great deal of reader response on the item related to the Minnesota Orchestra Pay Disparity and given that it is nearly one year since this issue transpired, it is high time to revisit the issue and see what may have transpired. For those unaware or those who may be fuzzy on the details, here are the highlights: The agreement which …

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Two Minutes To Midnight On The Minnesota Orchestra Doomsday Clock

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It has been an extraordinarily fast paced and destructive 72 hours for the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA), enough so to move the group two minutes closer to doomsday, which is marked by organizational collapse and subsequent liquidation bankruptcy. First Minute Saturday, 9/28/13: per the MOA board’s request, the musicians conduct a ratification vote for the latest offer which would have reduced musician expenses by 25 percent of the previous expenditure level …

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Talking About The Minnesota Orchestra With WWFM’s Rachel Katz

WWFM, The Classical Network, broadcast an episode of A Tempo with host Rachel Katz on 9/7/2013 where I had the privilege of talking with Katz about some of the broader issues related to the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) labor dispute such as proposed work rule changes and musician duties and responsibilities along with how all of this fits into today’s contemporary bargaining environment. It is interesting to listen to the interview …

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Four Minutes To Midnight On The Minnesota Orchestra Doomsday Clock

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Losing two minutes in the span of one week isn’t an achievement to be proud of but the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) moves another minute closer to doomsday following the official decision to terminate what was left of the 2012/13 subscription season. Incidentally, doomsday is marked by organizational collapse and subsequent liquidation bankruptcy. In a press statement published the morning of 5/8/2013, the MOA cancelled five concert events in May, two …

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