Kennedy Center Wises Up After Talks Of Rescinding Bailout
Our politicians worked together to create Corona Relief packages like the one that gave The Kennedy Center 25 million dollars in order to stay afloat during these trying times. But we never expected that the Kennedy Center would selfishly think to layoff their 100 member orchestra, as the bailout was supposed to cover these employees. The public's voice has been heard loud and clear, leading to the Kennedy Center reevaluating what they are going to do with the bailout, especially after there were talks where they would have to return the money.
"The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has walked back its decision to furlough nearly 100 members of the symphony orchestra despite receiving a $25 million federal bailout, a move that prompted the affected musicians to file a lawsuit against the performing arts center.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the center has offered the musicians pay cuts and a wage freeze instead of furloughs, and the union representing the orchestra’s musicians has, in turn, decided to drop a lawsuit against the center for allegedly violating a contract, which prohibits layoffs without six weeks notice.
As a result of the agreement, the Kennedy Center told the news agency that the organization will save $4 million and approximately $2.5 million in payroll through September 2020.
The decision to avoid musician furloughs comes a week after lawmakers moved to revoke the center’s $25 million bailout, calling the provision in the massive stimulus package “frivolous spending,” as The Daily Wire previously reported."
“If an organization is receiving assistance from the federal government, we expect them to take care of their workers,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), one of the bill’s 13 co-sponsors."
The Kennedy Center suddenly saw the light once people brought up how they should return the money. But this should never have been an issue in the first place, and this is why we need to closely watch what these companies do after they get the bailouts. We don't want a repeat 2008 where the CEOs gave themselves bonuses.