Some are seeing the deal as a moment of reckoning with the players' union - regarded as one of the toughest bargainers in North America. Minimum salaries currently amount to Can dollars 57,000. TSO managing director Max Tapper insists that '. . . everyone is making financial sacrifices, not just the players'. The deal with the orchestra members was none the less made the deciding factor in whether or not management filed for bankruptcy. Offices were even being readied for evacuation in that expectation.
Ronald Hurwitz, chairman of the orchestra's negotiating committee, is bitter: 'We feel we were threatened.' He blames the financial plight to a substantial degree on the reported dollars 500,000 loss made on a Pacific Rim tour in 1990. 'We told the board we shouldn't be doing it. And the board members have simply failed to set aside their egos and admit we need professionals to tackle the orchestra's fund-raising.'
Tapper is unimpressed. 'Mr Hurwitz's knowledge of what's possible in a recession seems to me naive.'Reuse content