After Hope for New Contract, Orchestra Plans to Hire Replacement Players

The process of replacing the Louisville Orchestra musicians has begun. Orchestra management declared their intention to hire new players Monday, after yet another failed round of talks with the musicians. The two sides were close. On Friday, orchestra management said the musicians had agreed to sign all the players who haven’t left town for other […]

Local Union Could Decide 4-Year Contract With Ford Motors

The fate of a contract between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union could come down to Louisville’s local chapter, which begins voting this week on the proposed four-year contract with the company. There have been mixed reviews on the new contract so far, and in several cities local unions have shot it […]

U of L President Offered Generous Contract Extension

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees continues to be impressed by President James Ramsey as a contract extension through 2020 was approved Thursday. It’s no surprise the board wants to keep Ramsey whose contract is scheduled to expire next summer. Earlier this year the panel praised him for meeting all the university’s goals and […]

Ford Contract Brings Big Plans For Louisville

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 […]

Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”

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 […]

Orchestra Musicians Stage Protest

Some members of the Louisville Orchestra’s musicians union are staging a protest at the orchestra’s headquarters this afternoon as their contract impasse continues. The musicians had already said they would reject management’s latest contract offer. They had until today to consider a proposal that outlines specific expectations for rehearsal and performance attendance. The orchestra has […]

Norton/Anthem Dispute Settled

Louisville’s Norton Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance company have settled their contract dispute. The two companies announced in a joint statement today that they have agreed to a new, three-year contract. Anthem policyholders have been paying out-of-network rates at most Norton facilities since Norton terminated their contract at the end of […]