Given an opportunity to state their case in the STrib, which is owned by a board member of the Minnesota Orchestra, three hardline musicians set out an argument that they have set out many times before. It makes painful reading. They seem to be locked in an internal loop.
When musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra were locked out by their company last year, they engaged a media consultant who guided them brilliantly through the short dispute. While negotiators agreed to a pay cut, the musician won every single point in the public arena, wrongfooting their opponents at every turn and emerging from the conflict as heroes, not victims.
The Minnesota musicians need to think about changing their tune.