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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Detroit Strike, What are they thinking?

Ok, I was going to leave this alone, but I can't resist now that the DSO members have reached an even higher level of insanity.  An article in the Detroit News states that the musicians are handing out fliers at the North American International Auto Show requesting that Ford withdraw its support of the symphony.

In my previous blog, I tried to make some suggestions regarding possible solutions.  Biting the hand that feeds you, was not among the mix.  What possible good can it do to further injure the DSO financially?  Do the musicians want to have an orchestra to return to or are they just trying to accelerate its demise?  The orchestra still has ongoing expenses even when they are not having to make a payroll.  If the DSO gets to the point that it can't afford to keep the administration and staff, then the orchestra goes under.

I think a more useful tactic might have been to beg Ford to help broker a solution and to request that they increase their level of giving.