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Subject: Re: STRIKE!!!
From: Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 9 Oct 2018 15:33:49 -0500
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I was attending (press tix) BOHEME on Thursday afternoon at Lyric, but I
have been notified that the performance is cancelled.  Very sad.
Henson

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:58 PM kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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.
>
> The action “may require Lyric to cancel performances,” according to a
> statement from Lyric Opera.
>
> “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.
>
> 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.
>
> ***
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." - Mae West
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