MNuet publisher Matt Peiken talks at length with Dobson West, interim board chair and president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, about The SPCO’s labor dispute. The probing interview explores management’s vantage of the path leading to the lockout, the conditions that inspire management to ask for steep cuts in compensation to musicians and West’s forecast for what’s ahead.
The musicians have been locked out of the orchestra without pay or benefits since mid-October and management has canceled all concerts through the end of 2012. At the time of this podcast, a wide gulf separated the musicians and the terms set forth by management for any labor agreement going forward.
MNuet devoted a previous episode of “Whole Note” to the voices of musicians from both The SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra, which is also under a lockout imposed by management. Peiken has an open request with the Minnesota Orchestra to interview its board chair and president, Michael Henson, for an episode of “Whole Note.”
See our News & Reviews section for an aggregation of articles from other media covering the labor disputes.
Pictured: Dobson West