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National Symphony Orchestra Agrees to Modifications and Extends Contract

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Musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) ratified the second of two “COVID agreements,” in September, addressing issues brought about by the pandemic.

Under the first COVID agreement, which was ratified in April, base salary was reduced to 75% through August 10. In addition, terms of the 2019 CBA—originally a four-year agreement—were extended for a fifth year, through September 2, 2024. Salary increases that had been negotiated for the second, third, and fourth years of the contract were delayed by one year.

The latest COVID agreement, which went into effect September 8, reduces base salary, seniority, and overscale to 75% for the 2020-21 season. In addition, 2% of wages will be earmarked as an Electronic Media Guarantee.

Orchestra size remains at 96 musicians plus two librarians, but one position in each section may be left vacant for the 2020-21 season. Participation in chamber music, education, and fundraising events will be voluntary through December 31, 2020.

As part of both COVID agreements, management agreed not to invoke Force Majeure through specified dates.

NSO musicians are represented by Local 161-710 (Washington, DC).







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