SPCO, Minnesota Orchestra to meet with musicians

Published On: Jan 02 2013 05:47:59 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 05:47:00 AM CST
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

The Twin Cities' two major orchestras meet with their locked-out musicians this week in an attempt to end lingering labor disputes.

The management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the musicians union have agreed to meet with a federal mediator Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have accepted an invitation to meet with management this week.

The Minnesota Orchestra musicians were locked Oct. 1 after their contract expired. The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled or rescheduled concerts through Feb. 10.

SPCO musicians were locked out Oct. 21 after declining to approve a contract proposal. The SPCO has canceled concerts through Feb. 8.