As a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post, I wanted to point out an article by Janelle Gelfand in the 11/6/21 edition of the Cincinnati Business Courier that examines the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) recently ratified collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
- The CSO opted against shuttering over the pandemic and instead, the stakeholders worked to find ways to present concert activity as safely as possible.
- Over the pandemic, the CSO opted for a one-year agreement with a 10% wage reduction for musicians.
- The new three-year agreement restores lost wages and by the end of the term, includes a cumulative eight percent increase.
- Digital programming activities developed during the pandemic will continue under what the article reports as “improved economics for the creation and dissemination of digital media content.”
- Services have been replaced with a weekly hour schedule.
- The employer agrees to begin the audition process to replace nine vacant positions.
Those are just the highlights but even that small cross section of terms makes it clear this CBA is pioneering some new directions. I’m going to reach out to the stakeholders to discover more and perhaps even see if there’s interest in scheduling a podcast to really take a deep dive.