Pittsburgh players take deep cut, others refusemain
Musicians in the Pittsburgh Symphony have agreed a 25% cut in base salary in the 2020-21 season and a 50% cut in extras. Current base salary is $101,180. The orch is also making admin reduncancies. Read here.
Over in Knoxville, however, sacked musicians refused to be reinstated with a a 27.5% pay cut. They say:
On August 24, KSO management publicly announced the cancellation of the season and furlough of musicians through January 31, in violation of the current collective bargaining agreement. Privately, however, they contacted the musicians and said they would reinstate the season and hold concerts if the musicians would agree to a 27.5 percent pay cut.
“The movement to furlough us was a strong-arm tactic to force us to accept a drastic pay cut that would have made many musicians dependent on government assistance,” says Sam Chen, a member of the orchestra negotiating committee. “Musicians on salary would have been cut from $31,500 to $18,000 annually after health insurance costs.”