"Save Our SPCO" will deliver petition to SPCO Board at their meeting January 8
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 “Save Our Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra” (SOSPCO), a group of volunteer audience advocates, will deliver their petition, signed by thousands of concerned audience members, to the Board of Directors.
SOSPCO’s petition, launched on November 28, 2012, asks the Board of Directors of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society to end the lockout while negotiations proceed in good faith.
“As concerned audience members, we urge The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society Board of Directors to take the following four actions:
1. Commit to respectful and constructive negotiations – deliver fair pay and treatment musicians deserve.
2. Find and support effective leaders – collaboration inspires growth.
3. Solve the revenue problem – you cannot cut your way to greatness.
4. End the lockout while negotiations proceed in good faith”
The petition provides additional background and specific concerns relative to the negotiations, SPCO management structure and revenue.
Hundreds of the individuals who signed the petition also added very personal and powerful comments, perspectives, stories and pleas to the Board. All of these comments are posted on SOSPCO’s website.
The petition can be read and signed at: tinyurl.com/d72tedl
Save Our SPCO members are supporters of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra who are distressed by orchestra management’s apparent lack of respectful and constructive negotiation with the musicians. They seek to provide a voice for fellow audience members who do not want to see this unique cultural treasure destroyed. They do not want to see the brilliant SPCO musicians move away or be forced to find other work. They do not want the “ripple effects” of empty concert halls to harm workers in service and support industries. They hope to inform and mobilize the wider community about the issues at stake and the need to bring this lockout to an end.
Save Our SPCO www.sospco.org
Save Our SPCO
Mariellen Jacobson, SOSPCO Chair
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