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Subject: Re: STRIKE!!!
From: SUZANNE TURLEY <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:SUZANNE TURLEY <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 9 Oct 2018 20:32:50 +0000
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Oh DEAR!  Hope the settle quickly.  Sad for everyone.  
 
> On Oct 9, 2018, at 12:57 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
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> Just announced: Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra on strike. 
>  
>  
> For the first time in years, Lyric Opera of Chicago is facing a walkout. 
>  
> The musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM) Local 10-208, are on strike and picketing the Civic Opera House, on North Wacker Drive. 
>  
> The musicians cite the company’s proposal to cut “the number of orchestra musicians by eliminating five positions”; cut the pay “of the remaining musicians by 8%”; cut the number of performances, “hand-in-hand with cutting the number of working weeks for the orchestra from 24 to 22,” according to a statement from the orchestra. 
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> The action “may require Lyric to cancel performances,” according to a statement from Lyric Opera. 
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> “Lyric simply cannot agree to the terms CFM demands, given our current financial circumstances. Or proposed changes are necessary to ensure Lyric’s survival as a world-class opera company providing a diverse range of cultural entertainment to communities throughout Chicago.” 
>  
> The entire 1967 season was cancelled when management and union could not come to an agreement, according to a Lyric Opera representative. 
>  
> This imbroglio comes just a day after Lyric Opera reached a multi-year labor agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which includes Stagehands Local 2, Wardrobe Local 769, Hair and Make-Up Local 476 and Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Local 750. 
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> Wednesday afternoon’s dress rehearsal for Mozart’s “Idomeneo” has been cancelled, due to the strike. It remains to be seen if Saturday night’s opening of the production will take place. 
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> *** 
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> Kurt Youngmann 
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