ISO Musicians Offering To "Talk And Play"
Union says two-month contract extension would save concerts.
(photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)
The musician's union has offered to "talk and play" as contract negotiations with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra continue.
ISO musician Jack Brennan says the union has offered a two-month contract extension which would avoid the cancellations of the first two weeks of concerts while the union and symphony society continue to negotiate a new contract. Last week, ISO management said the Classical season opener on September 14 and 15 along with the Pops season opener on September 21 through 23 would be canceled if a deal wasn't made by September 7.
Brennan says "some progress" has been made as both sides worked with a mediator this week, though he wouldn't elaborate on the progress. He says under the proposed extension offer, the musicians would play at a reduced weekly rate of $1,250. That's a 16.7 percent decrease from their current weekly rate.
In a statement to 93 WIBC, ISO Spokesperson Jessica DiSanto says, "We were informed of the musicians union's latest proposal just before 6 p.m. (Friday) evening -- and apparently the same time it was sent to the news media. We haven't yet had sufficient time to analyze it and informed the union that we will respond (Saturday)."