Louisville Orchestra, musicians reach contract agreement

Posted on: April 25, 2012

Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, it was announced that the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association, and American Federation of Musicians have agreed to a new multi-year contract. The deal includes terms for the 2012-13 season, the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, with remaining years to be determined by a binding negotiation process with a mutually-agreed upon consultant. The terms provide for 57 musicians to return to work beginning June 1, 2012, with base pay of $925 per week for 30 weeks per year. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but ensuring a fiscally sustainable organizational structure is a critical first step,” said Board President Chuck Maisch in the release. “We have taken that step today. We are grateful to the many individuals and volunteers who have helped make this agreement possible, including our musicians, our board of directors, our staff, Mayor Fischer, [Metro] Council President Jim King, and so many other people.” Kim Tichenor, negotiating committee chair for the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association, commented, “We are just delighted to bring live symphonic music back to Louisville. The future is bright for a sustained agreement that would not be possible without the efforts of Council President Jim King.”

Posted April 25, 2012