FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Contract negotiations between musicians and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra continue to stall.
Musicians are furloughed through the end of the year and could be out of work for longer.
Campbell MacDonald hopes it doesn't come to that.
"A lot of us are doubling our efforts teaching privately, many are taking extra jobs or embarked on new careers," he says.
MacDonald is the principal clarinet for the Philharmonic.
He's been in Fort Wayne with the Philharmonic for over 15 years, and enjoys playing for the crowds of Northeast Indiana.
He and many other musicians were gearing up when the pandemic shut everything down to create a plan to play for Hoosiers as safely as possible.
They were told in June they wouldn't be playing at all.
"We were told we'd be furloughed through January," says MacDonald.
The group also had another issue come up around the same time, contract negotiations.
The musicians MacDonald said brought up a 'side letter', which would let the pHilharmonic play under new negotiations until the pandemic was over, and they could return to the old CBA contract they had been under for years.
MacDonald said management didn't agree.
"They intended to have the side letter agreement supersede the CBA negotiations that had been instituted for decades," says MacDonald.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic tells us offers brought forward towards the musicians were "unfortunately" turned down and says they remain committed to reaching a fair agreement.