Radio City Music Hall Musicians' Strike Reaches Resolution

An orchestra strike at Radio City Music Hall has been settled, with the musicians agreeing to return to work.

The musicians will once again fill Radio City's orchestra, beginning at the 2:30 PM performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectactular today, November 18th.  They had been incited to strike over a contract dispute, according to a New York Daily News Article: "The deal ended a bitter labor dispute in which each party accused the other of foiling negotiations.  The union claimed it had accepted a contract proposal two weeks ago, only to have management suddenly yank the offer. The musicians struck a preview Nov. 2, tried to play performances the following day and were locked out." During the strike, the Christmas Spectacular had featured its Rockettes high-kicking canned music.

On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg began negotiations by having both union and management meet at Gracie Mansion to iron out the dispute; former Schools Chancellor Frank Macchiarola served as mediator.

"I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg for providing executive leadership in bringing the parties together in a productive forum," stated James Dolan, president of Cablevision Systems Corp.; his company owns Radio City Music Hall.

The lavish Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, runs through January 2nd; it began performances on November 3rd.

For more information on Radio City Music Hall and on the Christmas Spectacular, visit www.radiocity.com.

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