Lexington Philharmonic Musicians’ Strike Called Off

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Updated: 9/19/2013 11:45 pm

The Lexington Philharmonic Musician Strike is off, for now. The orchestra’s Friday night concert will go on as scheduled at UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

Board members and musicians signed a Memorandum of Understanding that is good through June 30, 2014.

They said both parties agreed to a Collective Bargaining Agreement where they would keep any contract negotiations they’ve already agreed upon – and revert to language in their old contract for the areas they disagree.

“It isn't about the money and it could not be, considering the rate at which we're paid,” Dave Shelton, Chair of the Orchestra Board, said.

Shelton said orchestra members threatened to strike because board members want to remove the Peer Review Committee from their contract. This committee investigates a music director’s decision to terminate or demote someone.

“But it is truly a labor of love. We love our fans back. It's because of them that we've agreed to play under the duress and under the fear of losing our job security. We don't want to take this concert away from them,” Shelton said.

Scott King, President of the Board, did not comment on the specific issues where the board and musicians disagree.

“We put a lot of work into finding a resolution to where we could avoid a strike for our opening concert,” King said. “You know, it's been a rough week for both sides. I think we're both relieved. We're sorry that the public had to see our dirty laundry.

Both sides will meet again in a few weeks to finalize the agreement.

They will start negotiating a new long-term agreement after January 1, 2014.

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