Mayor Fischer joins Louisville Orchestra negotiations; Kentucky Opera on edge

Posted on: August 26, 2011

Thursday (8/25) on Louisville public radio station WFPL’s site, Gabe Bullard writes, “The ongoing contract negotiations between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management could affect other arts organizations. Both sides are unable to come to an agreement on the size and season length of the orchestra. This week, all concerts were canceled for September and October. That puts upcoming Kentucky Opera concerts in question. The opera performs with musicians from the orchestra and a spokeswoman says the company is working with the union to put together a temporary agreement for shows next month. … If the impasse continues, even more orchestra performances will be affected. A 60-day advanced notice has to be given for cancellations. … Both sides are in mediation and are meeting with Mayor Greg Fischer this week. Fischer met with management today and will meet with the players tomorrow afternoon. A spokesman says the mayor won’t comment on the labor talks until he’s heard from both sides. The management is seeking to assign musicians to different tiers, and sign each tier to a different-length contract. The musicians have rejected this.”

 

Posted August 26, 2011