In its efforts to deal with impending bankruptcy, it looks as though the management of the Louisville Orchestra has taken a page out of the playbook of Tea Partiers like union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott “Koch Whore” Walker (Bold emphasis mine):
In what the Louisville Orchestra musicians’ committee called a “suicidal act,” the Louisville Orchestra’s management will employ no musicians June 1. The musicians were unable to accept an offer that would drastically cut all players’ salaries and convert many to part-time status, stripping them of health insurance and fringe benefits. Meanwhile, the orchestra’s management continues to press for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy to accomplish its same funding goals, filing a reorganization plan Tuesday in federal court.
As of midnight Tuesday, Louisville Orchestra manager Rob Birman told musicians the institution would “withdraw” all present and past offers of employment to the musicians, terminating all the orchestra’s musicians. Mr. Birman continues to receive his $115,000 annual salary, while the musicians are without pay or employer-subsidized health insurance and protection for the valuable instruments with which they perform in the orchestra. The bankruptcy plan the orchestra filed Tuesday asserted the institution commit itself to a budget equivalent to that put forward during the negotiations. [WHAS11]