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October 1, 2020IM -
Musicians of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, members of Local 125 (Norfolk, VA), have agreed to change the terms of the final year of their three-year agreement, running from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021.
The modified contract begins with a furlough through February 8, 2021. The remainder of the season will include between 10 and 18 paid weeks, reflecting 28% to 50% of what wages would have been in the musicians’ original agreement. Orchestra size will remain the same, and the usual cap for unpaid leave will be removed. Under the one-year modification, musicians will allow for increased scheduling flexibility.
Musicians were disappointed at the board’s firm position that the organization would take on no new debt—instead leaving individual musicians and staff to bear the financial burden. Musicians have also been disappointed that the organization is not seeking creative ways to provide music to the community.