Rather than waiting for the outcome of upcoming talks between the Kimmel Center and IATSE, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is canceling its October concerts.
The orchestra announced Thursday morning that it looked for, but could find, an alternate venue for the Oct. 16 and 17 concerts with conductor Mischa Santora and pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff in the Perelman Theater.
The Kimmel and the union representing its stagehands, ushers, box office and wardrobe workers went on an 18-hour strike last weekend before declaring a "cooling off" period in talks for a new contract. Negotiations are expected to begin next week. The chamber orchestra's rehearsals were to have begun Oct. 12.
Management and musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra Thursday announced a tentative agreement for a new labor contract, but don’t lift a glass of opening-night champagne just yet.
A “host of minor issues” remained to be worked out in the 200-page labor pact, Philadelphia Orchestra Association lawyer Lawrence G. McMichael said in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Thursday.
“The process of getting though the minutiae” is ongoing, and a deal is expected to be in the hands of musicians to consider in the next day or so, McMichael told Judge Eric L. Frank.
This is scheduled to appear in Sunday's print edition of the Inquirer.
The giant rat has been deflated. Extra security has gone home. And after an 18-hour strike by workers at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the shows will go on today.
Leaders of the Kimmel and local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees penned a deal Saturday putting a strike on hiatus. After talks failed to produce a new labor deal for stagehands, ushers, wardrobe and box office workers, the two sides decided to spend the next week in a “cooling off” period.
UPDATE, 6 a.m. Saturday: Kimmel Center workers are on strike, according to Kimmel leaders. The Kimmel, Academy of Music and Merriam Theater are shut down. Talks between the Kimmel and union representing stagehands, ushers, box office and wardrobe workers are expected to continue Saturday afternoon.
Frustrated by a lack of progress in contract talks, about 150 members of the union representing the city’s theatrical ushers, box office staff, stagehands and wardrobe workers held a noisy, if well-behaved, demonstration Thursday night in the middle of Broad Street in front of the Kimmel Center.
With their contract with the Kimmel up at 12:01 Saturday morning, local leaders of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said they were prepared to shut down the Kimmel, Academy of Music and Merriam Theater – all managed by Kimmel Center Inc. - if a deal cannot be reached.
A strike authorization vote of all 1,100 members of the union local was unanimous, said Michael Barnes, business agent for IATSE Local 8.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a loan to help fund operations through the end of its bankruptcy case.
The Association has applied to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to assume $3.1 million in debt to pay operating costs, including salaries and vendor bills.
“Unless these expenses are paid, the Debtor will be forced to cease operations, which would likely result in irreparable harm to its organization and jeopardize the Debtor’s ability to reorganize and maximize value for all interested parties,” the Association states in papers filed Wednesday.
One major plank of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association’s bankruptcy case fell into place Wednesday with the court’s approval of a severance agreement between the orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
Optimism was ventured on other fronts in the Chapter 11 case. Though the association was still far from resolution with musicians over a new labor deal, talks are coming to a head this weekend. Mediation with Stephen Raslavich, chief judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is set to continue Sunday and Monday.
“[Raslavich] said to bring sleeping bags — no one is leaving until it gets resolved,” association bankruptcy lawyer Lawrence G. McMichael told Eric L. Frank, the judge considering the bankruptcy petition.