The Louisville Orchestra and its players signed a labor agreement yesterday, ending the impasse that canceled the last orchestra season. Now the Kentucky Opera hopes the agreement between the orchestra and its musicians will mean it can be removed from the American Federation of Musicians’ “international 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 55 by June 2013. The managent said if the musicians would not accept the offer, then permanent replacements would be sought.
The proposal prompted questions from the musicians who said they understood the threat of replacement, but needed more details about the offer for employment. After a day of meetings Friday, orchestra management released a statement saying the players had accepted the offer. Musicians did not return requests for comment, but negotiating committee chair Kim Tichenor told the Courier-Journal an agreement had not been reached, though the two sides could come to an agreement on some points.