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Minnesota: musicians say sack the manager before we return

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have passed a vote of no-confidence in the orchestra’s chief executive, Michael Henson. Calling his style ‘dysfunctional and adversarial,’ they specified that there could be no resumption of talks while Henson remained in the job.

Henson was previously manager of two British orchestras, in Belfast and Bournemouth. We are expecting a report from a local correspondent.

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Comments

  1. Wow! This is theater, all right, and it is great to see an orchestra showing its muscle, but in the end they must come up with a sustainable result that works for all parties. (Too bad Thomas Russell is not still with us to advise the Minnesotans.)

  2. While we await further developments, here’s what Drew McManus says: “we may witness something unique in the Season of Discontent: a complete collapse of an executive leadership tier.”

    http://www.adaptistration.com/blog/2012/11/27/in-minnesota-the-game-is-afoot/

  3. harold braun says:

    Well,it`s about time.Send Henson and Co. packing!

  4. I applaud the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra for their proclamation. This is hard ball and to stay a step ahead of this game is paramount. This kind of ruinous leadership needs to go. For others who are in obvious cahoots with this national managerial ‘transformative’ model….don’t count your chickens before they….hatch.

  5. Robert Levine says:

    “they specified that there could be no resumption of talks while Henson remained in the job.”

    If they had (which they didn’t), they would have been in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. But they didn’t, and the article only said that the musicians said that Henson’s departure was “key to resolving the current lockout.”

    • Let’s not get into semantics. Their meaning is clear.

      • Robert Levine says:

        It’s not “semantics.” What you are saying is that the musicians are threatening to act in contravention of the law. They aren’t – and if they were, their union wouldn’t let them follow through. What they’re saying is that Henson is never going to negotiate with them in good faith and make them an offer they can accept. And I think they’re right.

        I guarantee you that, if Henson called them up tomorrow and proposed another meeting, they’d be there. If Henson made a new proposal that they could accept, they’d take it to the orchestra and get it ratified. No orchestra committee or AFM local is going to refuse to meet with management during a contract negotiation.

        • Robert Levine says, “No orchestra committee or AFM local is going to refuse to meet with management during a contract negotiation.”

          That is a relief to know. One would hate to think the players would do anything that could backfire on them.

  6. For once, the Americans can see past the accent and vocabulary to realize there is nothing there but the worst motivations.

  7. With all due respect, what makes them think a replacement would have their best interests at heart either?

    • harold braun says:

      It`s worth a try!

      • harold braun says:
        November 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm
        “It`s worth a try!”

        what if mgt has anticipated this? What if the replacement is even worse? Is this negotiating in good faith or just throwing yet another wrench into the situation?

  8. It sounds like the “house cleaning” is coming sooner than I expected. Corporate hacks like Jon Campbell and Michael Henson have got to go before big donors are able to trust and support MO again.

    http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/181275891.html?refer=y

    • Nick says, “Corporate hacks like Jon Campbell and Michael Henson have got to go before big donors are able to trust and support MO again.”

      With all due respect, does that not beg the question that some of these big donors and their ginormous donations may have been persuaded to do so by the likes of Campbell and Henson?

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