The Honorable Mayor Chris Coleman
Dear Mr. Coleman,
Please use your good office to facilitate a quick and just resolution of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute.
For many years I have been a SPCO patron and donor. For over a half century this Orchestra has had a wonderful national and international reputation. It surely draws highly skilled people and employers to live in St. Paul and others to visit. It would be hard to over-state the importance of this Orchestra. to the well-being of this city.
I am a retired St. Paul Public Schools teacher and a long time union member. I continue to be an alternate retiree delegate to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly. The heavy-handed lock out has already sullied the reputation of the Orchestra. It is crucial that the solution to this dispute be a model of fairness and respect. Otherwise many patrons, donors and musicians might be forced to look elsewhere for their cultural enlightenment.
Mr. Coleman, Please help us get to a good solution.