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May 20, 2015

Back From Cuba, Minnesota Orchestra Reaches New Labor Deal

Fresh off a historic tour of Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra announced new deals with its musicians and conductor Tuesday that continue its rebound from a bitter labor standoff that silenced the ensemble for 16 months, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The orchestra's union players ratified a contract that runs until the end of the 2020 season, while music director Osmo Vänskä is now signed through at least August 2019.

A management lockout of musicians that scuttled a full season and then some ended in January 2014 with musicians accepting a three-year deal that cut their pay and benefits by 15 percent. The new contract will begin when that deal ends in 2017 and will raise salaries by 8.1 percent over the following three years. The new agreements with the union and Mr. Vänskä will cost the organization $2.8 million and were assisted by significant gains in fundraising.