Here are explanatory extracts from an open letter from musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, explaining why they’ve signed off on a big pay cut:
Keeping salaries in the top ten was a critical issue as it allows the orchestra to attract and retain the finest musicians in the country, building on the tradition of excellence that has been cultivated by the community over many generations. The agreement achieves this priority.
With this agreement in place, we look forward to working with new board leadership to rebuild our relationship and the trust within the organization. We take heart that our treasured relationship with our audience will continue at Orchestra Hall.
Reading between the lines, the musicians appear to have accepted the deal in exchange for a board commitment to get rid of its hardball negotiators, including the president, Michael Henson.