Originally, the plan for today’s post was to take a closer look at the growing labor dispute brewing at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). On Monday, the ISO musicians issued a press statement that asserted the employer informed them they will not only extend the existing furlough but cut off health insurance.
I reached out to the musician representatives and the employer to learn as much as possible but as of today, I’m still waiting for a reply from the employer.
Given the reality that a labor dispute in today’s environment is about as advisable as lighting a match in a dark room inside a Bugs Bunny cartoon, this isn’t something to examine lightly.
According to the musicians, the employer appears to be using health care benefits as a bargaining chip in collective bargaining negotiations for the current agreement that expires on September 6, 2020.
We’ll continue examining this in greater detail tomorrow but in the meantime, you can catch up on a few more details via local news coverage.