Labor Contracts at Center of Overtime Review

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says city labor unions will have to accept changes to their contracts if the city is to cut overtime expenses. According to a study the mayor commissioned in December, the city spends about $23 million a year on overtime, and $14 million is unplanned. Fischer hopes to cut $1.3 million from […]

City Overtime Report Released

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released a review of city employee overtime expenses. It includes several recommendations for cutting overtime costs and names dozens of employees who earn more than 15 percent of their income through overtime. The report finds that the city spends about $23 million on overtime each year. The majority of that […]

Orchestra Musicians Reject Another Contract Offer

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. The impasse peaked late last month, when the players declined an offer to sign all the musicians who remained in Louisville but cut the orchestra to 55 members by June 2013. They differed on how many players should be hired up […]

Talks Continue in Orchestra Dispute

A week after the Louisville Orchestra management threatened to replace musicians who had not agreed to a final contract offer, talks have resumed. Mediator Henri Mangeot says a new offer has been extended to the musicians. The players are considering it and another meeting is set for tomorrow evening. Mangeot declined to give details of […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Orchestra Musicians Say Contract Talks Continue, Opera Placed on Unfair List

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra say they have not entirely agreed to a new contract proposal from orchestra management. The latest offer from the management called for any players who remained in Louisville to be signed to a contract that would begin in January. However, the number of musicians would have to shrink to […]

Orchestra Says Musicians Have Accepted Contract Offer

The Louisville Orchestra labor dispute is over, according to orchestra management. The management had extended what it called a “final offer” to the musicians. The orchestra board agreed to sign any musicians who remain in Louisville to a contract for upcoming seasons. However, by June 2013, enough players would have to retire or leave the […]

AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost […]

Opera, Musicians at Impasse Over Next Performances

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows […]