BSO management, musicians further apart in negotiations

BSO management, musicians further apart in negotiations



KIM: THE MUSICIANS SAY THEY ARE
FURTHER APART FROM MANAGEMENT ON
NEGOTIATIONS AFTER FRIDAY’S
MEETING AND IS FRIDAY THEY SAY
THEY WILL MISS THEIR FIRST
PAYCHECK. >> WHAT THEY’RE DOING NOW WITH
THREATENING TO CUT OFF OUR LTD
THREATENING TO CUT OF OUR
INSURANCE I MEAN ITS SO
MANIPULATIVE. KIM: WEEK TWO OF THE BALTIMORE
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LOCK OUT, AND
THE MUSICIANS AND MANAGEMENT ARE
STILL NO CLOSER TO AN AGREEMENT. NOW MANAGEMENT IS PROPOSIN
TAKING AWAY THE MUSICIANS’ LONG
TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS. THAT’S IN ADDITION TO CUTTING
OFF PAY AND HEALTH INSURANCE AT
THE END OF THE MONTH. >> AFTER REVIEWING THE POLICY
OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING IS
THAT IT DOES NOT REMAIN IN FORCE
.
HOWEVER WE ARE CONTINUING TO
, WORK WITH OUR INSURANCE AGENT INSURANCE CARRIER TO SEE IF
ANYTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT THAT. KIM CEO PETER KJOME SAYS THE BSO
: HAS HAD LONGSTANDING FINANCIAL
PROBLEMS, LOSING MONEY EVERY
YEAR, INCLUDING A CURRENT DEBT
OF $2 MILLION TO VENDORS. HE SAYS THE BSO’S ENDOWMENT
CANNOT BE USED TO PAY THOSE
BILLS. >> THEY’VE BEEN TELLING US THAT
THEY’VE RUN UP THEIR DEBT TO
VENDORS AND THE WHOLE ENTIRE
TIME I’VE BEEN SAYING YOU NEED
TO PAY YOUR BILLS. THE FACT IS THEY’VE MADE THIS
CHOICE TO RUN UP DEBT TO
VENDORS. >> DESPITE EFFORTS TO RAISE
MONEY AND SELL TICKETS AND
MANAGE COSTS WE’VE CONSISTENTLY
LOST MONEY. ITS TIME FOR US TO TAKE ACTION
AND ITS TIME FOR US TO MOVE
FORWARD WITH A MORE SUSTAINABLE
WAY WITH A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
MODEL. KIM: THE PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE
WOULD CUT THE SEASON FROM 52 TO
40 WEEKS, WHICH WOULD IN TURN
CUT THE MUSICIANS SALARY. ONE THING BOTH PARTIES AGREE ON,
THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO THE
BARGAINING TABLE. >> FIRST OF ALL START PAYING OUR
SALARY AND OUR HEALTHCARE AND
LET REALLY SIT DOWN AND HAVE AN
HONEST TALK. >> WE ARE HAVING VERY
CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS AND
THE INTENSITY OF THOSE
CONVERSATIONS IS A REFLECTION OF
THE FACT THAT MANY PEOPLE CARE
DEEPLY ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATI

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