Michelle Bruch

The Orchestra lockout is over

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The Minnesota Orchestra and Board ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Jan. 14, ending a 15-month labor dispute.

The agreement reduces musicians' salaries 15 percent, less than the original 30 percent sought by the board. The agreement keeps the salaries among the "Top Ten" in the nation according to pay scale, an issue musicians said was critical to attract and retain talent. Musicians will pay a "significantly greater" portion of health care costs, however.

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