The Indianapolis Symphony Society announced Saturday it would cancel the first two weekends of performances for the coming season after rejecting the latest offer from the musician‘s union.
The union had proposed a two-month extension of the contract that expired September 2 with a reduction in pay of 16.7 percent, a deal it said would allow the ISO‘s season to begin while talks on a new contract continued. No new talks are scheduled, and the union‘s statement says it has proposed 15 dates between September 15 and November 8 for negotiations to resume.
The ISO wants to move about two dozen of its musicians from a full time contract to part time ‘as needed’ workers, to make up for a $10-millon budget deficit. Union representatives say the deficit is less than $1 million.