Louisville Orchestra musicians ask Metro Council to help resolve labor impasse

Posted on: February 24, 2012

In Thursday’s (2/23) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Elizabeth Kramer writes, “The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra want Louisville Metro Council to help resolve the current impasse between them and the orchestra’s management. … Kim Tichenor, a violinist with the orchestra and the players’ negotiating committee chair, is scheduled to make a brief presentation at the council’s 6 p.m. meeting today. Orchestra board president Chuck Maisch is also on the list of tonight’s addressees. Tichenor told The Courier-Journal that the lack of an orchestra in Louisville threatens its status as a ‘world class’ city, which should be recognized by Metro Council members as well as [by] Mayor Greg Fischer … ‘We think it is time that the Metro Council take stock of the valuable report by Mr. Henry Fogel and make sure it is implemented so that the Louisville Orchestra—which is a distinct group of professional musicians, not salaried administrators paid to produce no music—can be preserved,’ she said. Last week, the musicians asked Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Fund for the Arts to follow recommendations that Fogel, a former president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, made in a report he wrote earlier this month. In part, it urged a panel be formed to resolve the nearly year-long contract dispute between the musicians and orchestra management.”

Posted February 24, 2012