Sep 20, 2013 at 4:28 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) As the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say it's time for the sides to bury any grudges and return to the bargaining table for face-to-face talks.
The two Democrats voiced frustration Thursday about the long-running labor dispute. In Rybak's words, "the future of the Minnesota Orchestra is at stake." Dayton and Rybak stressed they aren't taking sides.
The sides have been working through an independent mediator recently but that hasn't produced any discernible breakthroughs. The lockout that started last October stemmed from management's proposal to trim musician salaries.
Blois Olson, a spokesman for the musicians, says the parties are still far apart. A statement from the orchestra's board says management remains ready to meet.
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