Musicians pact with Indianapolis symphony expires

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Leaders of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra say it is increasingly likely that at least some performances will be canceled now that the contract with its musicians has expired.

Symphony board chairman John Thornburgh said Monday he didn't believe the musicians union was responding to the urgency of the situation by not wanting to have more negotiations until mid-September.

The musicians' contract expired Sunday night and the orchestra's season is scheduled to begin Sept. 14.

Musicians negotiating committee chairman Richard Graef tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that the union offered a one-year proposal that would save $1.4 million but management didn't respond by a Saturday deadline.

The union says symphony administrators have proposed cutting its schedule from 50 weeks to 36 weeks and cutting musicians' annual pay by 45 percent.

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