ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Gov. 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 in recent days 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 ways apart. A spokeswoman for the orchestra's board didn't immediately return a call.