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San Diego Symphony Agrees to New Contract

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In a CBA modified to address the financial challenges of COVID-19, musicians of the San Diego Symphony—represented by Local 325 (San Diego, CA)—have accepted a pay cut of approximately 33% for the 2020/21 season, with a reduction in working weeks from 42 to 24. Musicians will not receive cartage, seniority, or move up pay; and vacant positions in the orchestra will be left unfilled.

Musicians may opt to take unpaid leave without utilizing sabbatical leave. In addition, absences related to COVID-19 illness will be paid without utilizing sick leave. While they are not covered in the new contract, substitute musicians who were under contract in May 2020 will continue to receive full health benefits through June 2021.

Salary levels and other contract provisions that had originally been planned for the 2020-21 season will be shifted to 2021-22.







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