Saint Paul, Minnesota (April 20, 2013) –
The Musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) said today they have voted to use a U.S. mail option to decide whether to ratify the Society’s latest proposal. This will enable further clarification of language in that proposal and would also provide the opportunity for all Musicians to vote.
Musicians ratified the American Federation of Musicians Integrated Media Agreement and its Addendum on April 20, 2013. The Society agreed to join sixty-four other orchestras that have signed the international union’s Integrated Media Agreement. The Society and the international union last week concluded negotiations for an Addendum to the media agreement that responded to certain local issues.
The Musicians of the SPCO have been locked out for more than 24 weeks. Their contract expired September 30, 2012. Management imposed the lockout on October 21, 2012 following three weeks where the Musicians continued to ”play and talk.”