San Antonio Symphony proposes pay and health-insurance cuts for musicians

Posted on: September 8, 2021

“According to the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS), the Symphony has proposed a base salary of $17,710 for the 2021-2022 season, which equates to a 50% pay cut from the previously agreed-to base salary of $35,774,” writes Kelly Merka Nelson in Friday’s (9/3) San Antonio Current (TX). “The proposal also includes cuts to the performers’ health insurance benefits…. The San Antonio Symphony’s Board of Directors argues that the proposed cuts for the 2021-2022 season are part of an effort to make the orchestra financially stable…. According to MOSAS Chair and Symphony principal second violin Mary Ellen Goree, the musicians are entering the third year of a collective bargaining agreement ratified two years ago, which was set to cover the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. Due to the pandemic, the musicians agreed to renegotiate the 2020-2021 contract, and took an 80% pay cut for that season. They also granted the option to reopen the third year of the collective bargaining agreement should the Symphony request it by a deadline of January 2021. The memorandum of agreement that included the 80% pay cut for the 2020-2021 season expired at midnight August 31.”