Updated 9-29-06



Bach Plant Workers on Strike





Bach Strike Photo Gallery

(Updated 9-29-06)


Links about the Strike:

(Updated 9-29-06)

LATEST NEWS ON THE STRIKE! Tedd Waggoner to Lead Bach Plant South Bend Tribune online article from September 29, 2006



LATEST NEWS ON THE STRIKE! Tedd Waggoner to Lead Bach Plant Inside Indiana Business online article from September 28, 2006



LATEST NEWS ON THE STRIKE! The Indiana Economic Digest: September 25, 2006 report



Conn-Selmer Currently Hiring Scabs South Bend Tribune online article from June 21, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from June 21, 2006



South Bend's WSBT TV report from June 21, 2006



The Indiana Economic Digest: June 21, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



South Bend Tribune online article from June 9, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from June 9, 2006



The Indiana Economic Digest: June 9, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



South Bend Tribune online article from May 31, 2006



South Bend Tribune online article from May 13, 2006



futureoftheunion.com's report from May 12, 2006 Union Plans to Picket Job Fairs



WNDU-TV's report from May 12, 2006



WNDU-TV's first report from May 12, 2006



South Bend's WSBT TV report from May 12, 2006



Steinway Musical Instrument News by topix.com



Conn-Selmer, Inc. News by Jobs.net



Conn-Selmer, Inc. Jobs listed on careerbuilder.com



Steinway Board of Directors Insider Trading



An on-going thread on the online trumpet group, Trumpet Herald



A brassreview.com thread



An on-going thread on the online trumpet group, Trumpet Master



The Indiana Economic Digest: May 9, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



South Bend Tribune online article from May 4, 2006



The Indiana Economic Digest: April 25, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



The Indiana Economic Digest: April 21, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



The Indiana Economic Digest: April 14, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



Retiree's Insurance Cut, video from WSBT TV April 11, 2006 (video)



WNDU-TV's report from April 7, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from April 6, 2006



The Indiana Economic Digest: April 3, 2006 report by Marilyn Odendahl, Truth Staff



South Bend's WSBT TV report from April 3, 2006 (video)



South Bend Tribune online article from April 2, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from April 2, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from April 1, 2006



South Bend Tribune online article from March 15, 2006



WNDU-TV's report from October 3, 2003 (Conn-Selmer's layoff announcement)



Bach Plant Workers on Strike

Conn-Selmer Hits Sour Note While Playing the ol' Corporate Greed Tune
by David S. Miller 5-8-06

Looking to save approximately $7 million a year, Conn-Selmer has taken action to reduce salaries and benefits of employees by as much as 40%, this after posting ever-increasing profits. There is also talk of moving production to China. As a result, some 230 workers at the Bach plant have been on strike since April 1, 2006. Stock trading activity of board members of Steinway (Conn-Selmer's parent company) was quite active the day prior to the announced strike.

According to one inside source, management has been scurrying about trying to complete some 800 instruments which were in assembly lines prior to the strike. There has been talk of hiring 150 new workers to finish the job. Meanwhile striking employees are hoping talks will continue and that their jobs won't be handed over to unskilled workers, or worse, sent overseas to China.

Conn-Selmer recently began importing some Chinese-made instruments for their student line. There are serious fears among musicians that the professional line, the Stradivarius, will be sent over to China as well. Some musicians have posted their displeasure online, calling April 1, 2006, "The day the music died."

There has been a lot of online discussion on the various trumpet groups and quite a few online news reports. What I will do on this page is post various links as I find them. As a disclaimer, I cannot claim that all the information posted on the various links and sites is factual, though most of the links are from news agencies. The online trumpet groups, on the other hand, bring about a varied assortment of individuals, those with credentials and those without. It is up to the reader to make his own conclusions.

All photographs used on my site are done so with permission granted from the original owners.









All content 2006, 2007 David S. Miller