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North Carolina Ratifies One-Year COVID-19 Agreement


The musicians of the North Carolina Symphony, members of Local 500 (Raleigh, NC), ratified a one-year COVID-19 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) contract modification that was inserted in the second year of a four-year agreement that will now continue through August 31, 2024. Terms previously agreed to for the 2020-21 season will instead apply to the 2021-22 season, with terms for the remaining two years of the contract each moved one year later. The MOA resulted in a 20.5% across-the-board salary reduction for the 2020-21 season, but adds a substantial Electronic Media Guarantee (EMG) for all players, for a resulting 13.9% reduction in base salary.

Several changes were made to working conditions and scheduling to permit flexibility and more chamber groups. Also in the agreement, for the 2020-21 season, on the first of each month, the Society will make a list of voluntary activities for the promotion of the North Carolina Symphony available to each musician. Musicians may accept or decline to volunteer without impacting their status with the Society. Volunteer activities will not be used in discipline or tenure decisions.

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