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November 1, 2014IM -
The Lexington Philharmonic has ratified a new contract, which will be in effect through June 2018. Negotiations began in April. The musicians’ previous contract expired at the end of June.
The agreement provides for modest increases in both wages and mileage reimbursement. It also clarifies language regarding auditions, the musician peer review process, procedures for hiring substitute musicians, and electronic media details. Musicians covered under the agreement will be guaranteed services, and will be asked to meet a minimum attendance requirement.
“We wish to thank the members of the Lexington Philharmonic Board for their professionalism during the negotiations,” says Joe McGrannahan, president of Local 554-635 (Lexington, KY). “We also thank the Orchestra Committee, headed by Lead Negotiator Dave Shelton, as well as the AFM.”