Louisville Orchestra board submits new contract offer to musicians

Posted on: March 27, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/27) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Elizabeth Kramer writes, “The Louisville Orchestra’s board of directors voted in executive session Monday to send its musicians a new offer under which the two sides could agree to a new contract, according to board president Chuck Maisch. The musicians have not had a contract since last June and haven’t performed together as the Louisville Orchestra since April. ‘It’s going to be very similar to the last offer. We’re just going to make it very, very clear—to clarify exactly what it is going to take,’ Maisch said, referring to the terms under which management believes it can employ the musicians and not exceed its budget projections. He has said the orchestra has to keep its budget under approximately $5.3 million. On Monday, Maisch said management is seeking an agreement with its musicians so that it can start a season in September, but that it also is working on an alternative plan that involves hiring replacement musicians in case an agreement is not reached. … [Violinist and players’ negotiating committee chair Kim] Tichenor also spoke to board members at Monday’s meeting and distributed an offer the musicians sent to Maisch in December to which she said the musicians never received a response.”

Posted March 27, 2012