Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”

by Gabe Bullard on August 22, 2011

The Louisville Orchestra is now on the American Federation of Musicians’ “Unfair list.”

This  morning, the union sent out a statement blasting Orchestra CEO Robert Birman for saying the orchestra could consider hiring non-union musicians to play concerts while labor talks for the regular musicians continue.

There is currently no contract in place. The management and musicians are both in talks with the Louisville Labor Management Committee acting as mediators. Last week, a bankruptcy judge approved the orchestra’s reorganization plan. After the hearing, both sides of the labor dispute said they believed a new contract could be in place by the September 10th start to the next season.

The musicians previously rejected the management’s offer to separate the players into tiers and hire each tier for a different length of time.

Union members who play for ensembles on the list face potential fines and punishment.

A representative for the union was not immediately available for comment

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