Orchestra Impasse Continues; Local Protests Against Corporate Greed; Louisville Benefits From New Ford Contract: Afternoon Review

Here’s some of the stories being followed by WFPL today:

  • Contract negotiations between Louisville Orchestra management and musicians continue to be unproductive, and the CEO of the Orchestra says the audience is likely turning away as the labor impasse continues.  Three months of concerts have already been canceled, and a performance scheduled for December will likely be called off this week.
  • Louisville is following in the steps of New York City’s Occupy Wall Street movement, protesting against corporate greed and the influence of money in politics. Protests at the Belvedere ended shortly after noon today, after a group of around 25 were chanting with signs that read “Stop The War On Workers.” Many of the protestors then marched back to Aegon Plaza where a group estimated at around 100 people had formed.
  • The new tentative contract agreement reached between the Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers contains some major benefits for the automaker’s two Louisville plants. Under the agreement, Ford will add a third shift at the retooled Louisville Assembly Plant to produce a new vehicle. Officials say the move will create more than 1,000 jobs. The company will also invest another $600 million in its Louisville operations, which also include the Kentucky Truck Plant.