The Musicians of The SPCO provided this fact sheet to audience members at the December 2 concert:
FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN
ABOUT THE SPCO NEGOTIATIONS
1. The Musicians of the SPCO have offered to lower the level of salary that they would be willing to accept several times.
2. The Musicians offered to lower their salary from the level of the current agreement in order to continue playing and talking. When Management said that it would still be too expensive, the Musicians asked what salary level would be acceptable to the Management in order to continue playing and talking. The Management stated they were not even interested, and instead locked the Musicians out.
3. The Management has proposed a contract that would allow them to fire any musician at any time, with no reason given and no recourse, with 6 months notice and a severance payment.
4. The Management has proposed a contract that would allow them to lower or eliminate benefits at any time.
5. Overscale, the payment above base salary for leadership roles and specialized skills for certain players, is guaranteed in our contract from one year to the next. Management’s proposal removes that guarantee.
6. The Musicians have offered numerous solutions to solve the financial difficulties, including a temporary reduction to the size of the orchestra, but Management refused, insisting that any changes had to be permanent.
Time is running out to save this season, and for our organization to have a chance to survive and thrive in the future. Our goal is simple: to return to the stage to play for our beloved audiences, and to return to the negotiating table to find a solution to this crisis that we can all live by. Please write to the Management and urge them not to cancel more concerts, to back off their unreasonable demands, and to allow us to play and talk. Please write to the newspapers and your elected representatives and voice your opinions on the lockout. You can share your letters with the Musicians and other fans on our website. Thank you for your support!
Visit us on Facebook (Musicians of the SPCO) or at our website (musiciansspco.org) for more information on negotiations and how to help.
Addresses for letters:
Mayor Coleman, Office of the Mayor, 390 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Governor Dayton, Office of the Governor, 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55115
Dobson West, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102