Mayor to use anonymous donation to hire consultant on Louisville Orchestra case

Posted on: September 6, 2011

In Sunday’s (9/4) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Elizabeth Kramer reports, “Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that an anonymous donor has stepped up to pay some of the cost of hiring a consultant to help resolve the Louisville Orchestra’s impasse with its musicians. Fischer said the consultant, yet to be chosen but someone with national experience, would work with a mediator involved in the orchestra’s negotiations with the musicians for a new collective-bargaining agreement. He did not name the donor or specify how much was being contributed. … Fischer spokesman Phil Miller said the consultant would work with mediator Henri Mangeot, executive director of the Louisville Labor Management Committee, who has met with both sides. … Mangeot said his office would work on identifying one or more suitable consultants. … Louisville Orchestra CEO Rob Birman said Friday that the mayor’s statement was new information to him, but said his office is willing to work with the mayor and the mediator. He was skeptical about the benefits of bringing in a consultant. … Kim Tichenor, head of the players’ negotiating committee, called the mayor’s statement ‘fantastic’ even though it included few details.”

Posted September 6, 2011