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Won’t Bode Well For Fischer Re-Election Attempt

October 31st, 2011 by jake · 19 Comments

Buried deep in this story about the Louisville Orchestra was this tidbit:

In an effort to bring the parties together, Mayor Greg Fischer met with both parties Friday afternoon, Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter said. “He wanted to hear where things stood, since the Monday deadline was looming,” Poynter said, adding that Fischer encouraged the two sides to keep talking.

That’s right — Greg Fischer has time to meet regarding the orchestra but has no time to fire his drunken Parks director, no time to deal with Metro Animal Services, no time to handle his MIA EMS director. Guess it’s tough taking time out of his day of showing up at various ribbon cuttings so we can appear in the weekly socialite rags.

The man truly is existing solely to give us crap to write about. Wow.

P.S. Really, a salary of $925 per WEEK? That’s more than most Louisvillians make each week. No wonder the local Orchestra is a disaster.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Citizen~Z // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Damn… I have way more responsibility, and I don’t make this kind of cheddar. Hmm… perhaps I should have continued those violin lessons in the 5th grade.

  • 2 JC // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Greg Fischer could save a schoolbus of children from falling off a cliff, and you’d ask what he was doing standing alongside the highway in the first place!

    On the orchestra, isn’t it a 30-week season? So, that $925 a week is between $25k and $30k a year, meaning they find ways to teach and freelance to make a living. I’m not fully on their side, but it’s not like their lighting cigars with $100 bills.

  • 3 JC // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    “…not like *they’re* lighting cigars…” before someone else gives me copy edits. :-)

  • 4 jake // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    $25-$30K a year is a lot of damn money for just 30 weeks of work. Particularly when most people in this city are working an entire 52 weeks for that kind of cash.

    That said – save your Fischer spin bullshit, Cissell. Acting as if it’s wrong to question his many foibles is what’s wrong with Metro Government.

  • 5 blowin' in the wind // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Jake, I disagree profoundly with your take on the musicians’ salaries. They are professionals who have spent and continue to spend money, hours, and commitment on becoming the best at what they do. No one is coming out of this looking good, but the wealthy board members who have been more intent on “breaking” the musicians’ union than on reshaping the orchestra bear the brunt of the blame. If anyone expects this to be a first-class city without an orchestra as the keystone for other groups such as the opera and ballet, they are smoking Kentucky’s biggest crop. This is an economic development issue as well. The Mayor should have gotten involved at the beginning when he might have done some good.

  • 6 Joel Hunt // Oct 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    It seems like whenever we question the salaries of those who do culturally important but relatively intangible jobs, we’re automatically in a race to the bottom. See also: teachers.

  • 7 jake // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Where, exactly, am I trashing the orchestra? I’ve merely pointed out that they make more than many (if not most) Louisvillians.

    This city is lucky it’s got what it’s got as far as an orchestra go. We already can’t afford to run Metro Animal Services and apparently have a tough time keeping programs for youth going.

    And who said jack about teachers?

  • 8 Cavemouse // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Right now they are not guaranteed the 30 weeks even. Out of the 1/2 year pay they buy their own instruments, pay for tuning and maintainence, have to practice both in formal rehersal and on their own. Try pricing violin strings or clarinet reeds, just for a start.

  • 9 Roger // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    If ya want the best, it’s gonna cost ya. If ya got the worst, it’s gonna cost ya.

  • 10 jake // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    If it’s such a battle locally, then they need to find another line of work permanently.

    I’m all for the arts and such but am not interested in hearing them complain 24/7 about how hard their lives are while countless hundreds of thousands of others can’t find a job. Nor am I interested in watching a mayor fuck around in some mediation while there’s real work to do in this town.

  • 11 blowin' in the wind // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    JAKE, Do you ever think about the people who depend on performances, games, Derby, etc… for their jobs? This will affect other people who make even less than the players do.

  • 12 jake // Oct 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Of course I do. And you know it.

    But this bullshit has gone on for long enough. It’s two burlap sacks of cats fighting to no end. Huge embarrassment and both sides should be ashamed.

    My point – to reiterate – is that Greg Fischer finds THIS important enough to spend lots of time on but half-asses everything else. It shows his focus is not on Metro Government in the least.

  • 13 Bill // Oct 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Will he have time to deal with Ted Pullen & his mismanagement of Public Works (again) after a TeeVee investigation airs this week?

  • 14 jake // Oct 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hope that’s a rhetorical question.

  • 15 Steve // Oct 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Don’t forget Bud Shenanigans at MSD in your list of people Mayor Greg doesn’t have time to deal with. He is playing to the tune of $181,147 a year with a $200,000 trust waiting. Looks like he is a first chair fiddler in the Mayor’s orchestra

  • 16 Joel Hunt // Oct 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I agree that Fischer is a joke as a mayor, of course. Thirty years of having two other cheerleaders-as-mayors is what got us in this position as a city.

    That said, when it comes to union vs. management, whether its Orchestra musicians, teachers, or assembly line workers, I know which side I’m on — and it ain’t management.

  • 17 Bill // Oct 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    It is Ted is slotted to move to Frankfort after the election.

  • 18 Paul Moffett // Nov 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    What’s interesting is that no other unions in the city have stepped up to ‘stand with’ the AFM Local 11-637 while the LO Board clearly is trying to break it. Comments from some non-orchestra Union players would suggest that the orchestral players have not made many friends in the music community and certainly not in the trade union community. Back in the early Nineties, when the current financial issue first erupted, the Orchestra players were all for selling the local’s building on Bardstown Road to pay a high-end attorney to help them fight the LO Board. The other members of the local beat them back about that. That didn’t make them any friends, either. The general comment has been that the Orchestral players consider themselves a special, elite class about players, i.e. how not to win friends and influence people.

  • 19 Paul Moffett // Nov 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Oops – make that “The general comment has been that the Orchestral players consider themselves a special, elite class among players.”

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