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January 9, 2014IM -
The Lexington Philharmonic narrowly avoided a strike of its season-opening concert in September. Salaries were not the issue, but rather, musicians opposed changes to work rules. The most significant among these included management’s call for the removal of the peer-review process, through which musicians have the final say on the dismissal of fellow orchestra members, as well as restrictions on the musicians’ ability to perform with other ensembles in the area. Members of The Lexington Philharmonic also voted “no confidence” in Music Director Scott Terrell.
To avoid the strike, musicians and management approved a short-term CBA, including all of the new language already agreed upon in negotiations, but retaining language from the previous contract for those points on which agreement has not yet been reached. This short-term contract expires June 2014; negotiations for a long-term contract will begin after January 2014.