Members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra uniamiously voted to reject an offer from management Wednesday, said Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune.
The rejection means that players and management must get back to the bargaining table to try to resolve the months-long dispute, Royce said.
In a statement released this afternoon, musicians said they rejected the offer on the grounds that it would allow SPCO management "to terminate musicians at any time with no recourse, drastically reduce their salary and benefits, and even more drastically lower the guaranteed salary of musicians yet to join the Orchestra," said Marianne Combs of MPR News.
Combs added management calculated the proposal would cut wages by 14 percent, but musicians argued the cuts actually amounted to 33 percent. The four year contract proposal would have also reduced the number of SPCO players from 34 to 28, and offered buy-outs to musicians aged 55 or older. That's about half the current players.
In a public letter, SPCO president Dobson West expressed disappointment in the decision, said Ross Raihala of the Pioneer Press.
"We are not close to an agreement. Unfortunately, this means we will be forced to cancel additional concerts," West said.