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Chicago Symphony Ratifies One-Year Transition Agreement


Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have signed a one-year agreement that runs from June 28, 2021 through July 23, 2022. Ratified in early June, the agreement serves as a transition to return to the original conditions of the musicians’ five year (2018 to 2023) CBA.

During the first phase, from July 23 through the beginning of January 3, 2022, wages will be 85% of the original CBA. In the second phase, through April 3, 2022, wages will increase to 90%, if the organization’s financials are on track with the fiscal year 2022 budget. Wages should finally be restored to 100% beginning April 4, 2022.

Throughout the duration of the agreement, management will continue to collaborate with the Return-to-Work Committee and follow expert advice on health and safety protocols.

CSO musicians are represented by Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL).