Baltimore scraps musicians’ health and disability caremain
A meeting between Baltimore Symphony management and locked-out musicians on Friday ended inconclusively after the musicians discovered their insurance had been cut off.
Here’s how the musicians see it:
BSO management refused to budge at today’s bargaining session. They insisted on their lockout and not providing us with health care. Not only that, we learned that our Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage had been canceled as of June 17. Remember that every week that the musicians are locked out, the BSO is saving about $250,000 by not paying us and not providing us with health insurance.
The BSO is seeking to enforce a 20 percent pay cut and 42-week year.
The management blame the musicians for the stalemate:
“We remain disappointed that there has been no meaningful counterproposal that addresses the urgent financial issues our organization is facing since negotiations began last year,” said BSO President and CEO Peter Kjome. “If the BSO is going to survive, our business model needs to change. We will continue to work with our musicians as we navigate this change and prepare for a future that is strong and vibrant.”