Aribitration in Minnesota has produced an offer that the musicians are about to reject. Both sides are dug in so deep after 11 months of lock-out that neither can climb out.
From documents that we have seen but are not presently at liberty to quote, the offer is:
- the lockout would end September 1, 2013;
- the old contract would prevail for a two-month period of negotiations;
- however, if no agreement is reached on a new contract by that time, a two-year agreement would snap into effect wit 25% across-the-board pay cuts.
That’s the board side of the deal. The players’ Negotiating Committee calls this proposal ‘absurd and unacceptable’ They say it amounts to a demand that they agree to a destructive two-year contract as a condition of even restarting negotiations. The Negotiating Committee is calling on all musicians to reject the proposal.
After 110 years, this could be the day the music died.