Faced with an inquiry in the state legislature, the Minnesota orchestra board has offered two dates next month when it might be willing to speak to the musicians, without the preconditions it previously set.
This is not much by way of progress. But it is the first chink of weakness in the embattled organisation. Meanwhuile, the musicians remain locked out over Christmas and the New Year.
Here’s the AP report:
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra is canceling more concerts but also inviting its locked-out musicians back to the bargaining table.
The orchestra’s board announced Friday that shows would be canceled through Feb. 10. But the board also offered two dates in early January as possibilities for musicians to return to contract talks “without any preconditions.”
Previously, the board had insisted it would negotiate only if musicians came in with a contract proposal.
Board chairman Jon Campbell tells the Star Tribune the board believed it was time “to invite everyone to come back and talk.”
In a news release, musicians said they want clarifications before considering the offer.
There have been no negotiations since musicians were locked out on Oct. 1.