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Today, the Minnesota Orchestra’s management and its musicians have approved an extension of the musicians’ collective bargaining agreement to run through August 2022.

The contract extension comprises a COVID-19 side letter, in fact an amendment to the contract whose outlines apply during the pandemic only. Its main figure is the wage reduction of 25%, while Osmo Vänskä, the Music Director has accepted a pay cut of 35%.

“Our staff and musician negotiators have come up with a common-sense approach to these negotiations that acknowledges the uncertain time period we are living through,” said board chairperson Margaret Bracken. “The COVID-19 agreement reflects both the challenges of the pandemic and the collaborative spirit and goodwill that exists within the organization to address these issues for the long term health and vitality of the Orchestra.”

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