LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2012) – The Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Associations will be making beautiful music together again after reaching an agreement Wednesday on a multi-year contract.
After 20 months of talks, the organizations have signed a contract and the musicians will return to work for the 2012-13 season, in time to honor the Orchestra’s 75th birth date in the fall of 2012.
A key issue in the negotiations has been the number of full-time salaried positions, according to a press release from the Louisville mayor’s office. The agreement allows 57 musicians to return to the Louisville Orchestra beginning June 1.
Other terms of the agreement include 30 weeks of employment per year; base pay of $925 per week; and medical and pension benefits.
By the terms of the agreement, the two parties will jointly employ a mutually agreeable, nationally recognized consultant in the orchestra field to determine and settle any remaining matters in the multi-year collective bargaining agreement not settled by the parties as of March 31, 2013, according to a press release from the city of Louisville.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but ensuring a fiscally sustainable organizational structure is a critical first step. We have taken that step today,” said Louisville Orchestra Board President Chuck Maisch.
The musicians association is “delighted to bring live symphonic music back to Louisville,” said Kim Tichenor, negotiating committee chair for the association.