8:38am

Wed July 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Orchestra's Labor Trouble Continues

Members of the Louisville Orchestra’s musicians union say they will reject the latest contract offer from the Orchestra. The Orchestra proposal, which outlines specific expectations for rehearsal and performance attendance, was delivered last week. It names tomorrow as the deadline for members to respond. If they don’t, the orchestra says it  “will be treated as a voluntary refusal to work and the Louisville Orchestra will take whatever steps are legally appropriate to fill your position.”

The Orchestra has filed for Chapter 11 and the musicians have been without a contract since the end of May. The Orchestra wants to cut the number of performances and the number of musicians to save money; the union opposes those changes. The contract dispute might require arbitration.

Drew McManus is a consultant who has worked with orchestras across the country.