The Minnesota Orchestra is the latest to join the Gadarene rush to industrial confrontation. It wants a pay cut from average $135,000 to $89,000.
The musicians’ wages were, as elsewhere, freely and fairly negotiated in more prosperous times. In most cases, the musicians have offered to accept pay reductions, but the onus for resolving the financial crises is on the board and management of these orchestras, which sat idly by while deficits mounted.
They have no moral right to bludgeon and threaten musicians while ignoring their personal and collective responsibility.