Audio: Musicians’ Negotiating Committee Chair Discusses Orchestra Impasse

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have turned down a contract offer put together by the mediator of the orchestra’s labor dispute. The offer fell between two previous proposals and called for the orchestra to be cut from 71 to 54 players, with one more to be added later. Hours after the decision, orchestra management… Continue reading Audio: Musicians’ Negotiating Committee Chair Discusses Orchestra Impasse

Birman Discusses Orchestra Impasse

The already contentious talks between the Louisville Orchestra management and musicians have hit another snag. The musicians and management have rejected each other’s offers for a contract for the next five years, and neither side is eager to make further compromises. Their dispute comes down to ten musicians and three weeks. The management says the… Continue reading Birman Discusses Orchestra Impasse

Louisville Orchestra Musicians Reject Contract Offer, Say Counter Offer Also Rejected

The Louisville Orchestra musicians and management have each rejected offers for a contract for the coming seasons, according to a statement from the players. On Monday, the musicians voted down a proposal that—according to documents obtained by WFPL—would have cut the orchestra from 71 to 50 full time musicians who would play for 30 weeks,… Continue reading Louisville Orchestra Musicians Reject Contract Offer, Say Counter Offer Also Rejected

Orchestra Musicians Voting on New Contract Today

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are voting today on a contract for the current and upcoming seasons. The musicians and management have been at odds over the contract for months, and the impasse has resulted in the cancellation of three months of concerts. The management had previously pushed for a tiered system, with musicians… Continue reading Orchestra Musicians Voting on New Contract Today

Opera and Musicians Agree on Carmen Performance Contract

The Kentucky Opera and the local musicians union have reached an agreement for this month’s performances of Carmen. Musicians from the Louisville Orchestra typically accompany the opera, but the musicians are at am impasse with orchestra management over a contract for the next season. Orchestra concerts have been canceled through November. The agreement secures 51… Continue reading Opera and Musicians Agree on Carmen Performance Contract

Orchestra Likely to Decide on November Concerts This Week

Louisville Orchestra management is expected make two decisions regarding its ongoing labor dispute this week. After months of talks with no agreement, Mayor Greg Fischer joined contract negotiations with the management and musicians. Last week, he announced that an anonymous donor had come forward to pay for a nationally-recognized consultant to work with mediators. The… Continue reading Orchestra Likely to Decide on November Concerts This Week

Director Expects Agreement on Opera Musicians Today

An agreement between the Louisville musicians union and the Kentucky Opera for upcoming performances could be in place today. The opera typically hires musicians from the Louisville Orchestra, but orchestra management and players do not currently have a contract in place for the season. Orchestra concerts for this month and next month have been canceled.… Continue reading Director Expects Agreement on Opera Musicians Today

Two Months of Orchestra Concerts Called Off

All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled for September and October have been canceled. The season was set to begin September 10. But orchestra management sent out a notice of the cancellations Wednesday evening, citing an impasse with the musicians over a contract for the next season. The two sides are in mediation with the Louisville Labor… Continue reading Two Months of Orchestra Concerts Called Off

“Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the… Continue reading “Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

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… Continue reading Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”