Musicians union withdraws unfair labor charge against Louisville Orchestra

Posted on: February 1, 2012

In Wednesday’s (2/1) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Larry Muhammad reports, “The Louisville musicians union has withdrawn its charge of unfair labor practices against the Louisville Orchestra board and management, saying it wants to work on resolving the problems. Kim Tichenor, chair of the musician’s negotiating committee, said Tuesday that ‘there seems to be positive movement within the community toward reviving orchestral music in one form or another, and we didn’t want to make the process any more complex than it already is. We hope this shows that the musicians want to work in a positive way with anyone willing to move forward respectfully.’ The American Federation of Musicians, Local 11-637, had filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board in late October, claiming that orchestra officials had refused to bargain in good faith and had engaged in regressive bargaining and placed unreasonable deadlines on accepting management proposals. It withdrew the charge Monday. … The orchestra filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 3, 2010, and musicians objected to management’s request in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to break its contract with the musicians  … The musicians have not had a contract since their last one expired at the end of May and were in negotiations with orchestra management for much of the fall.”

Posted February 1, 2012