Lexington Philharmonic, Management Avoid Strike

Sep 19, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Members of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and their management tentatively agreed to halt long-term contract negotiations Thursday afternoon and go forward with Friday's scheduled season opening performance.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the two sides agreed to a memorandum of understanding that will revert to the musicians' 2008 contract on many issues on which the parties could not resolve. The memorandum will remain in effect through June 30, 2014. Negotiations on a long-term agreement will resume January 1.

Conflicts arose over management's intent to scrap a peer-review process the dismissal of orchestra members, a decline in full-orchestra performances, and a "no compete" clause preventing musicians from playing in any other orchestra-like ensembles in Central Kentucky. It is still unclear whether any of these issues have been fully addressed. 

The Philharmonic's management and its union renegotiate their contract every four years.