Radio City Musicians Meet with Mediator

Monday, November 14, 2005

Union representatives for Radio City musicians are meeting with a mediator today in hopes of ending the strike that has closed a holiday show. WNYC's Collin Campbell has more.

A spokesman says the mayor arranged last week for the two sides to talk to a mediator at Gracie Mansion because no progress had been made in the 13-day dispute. A recording has replaced a live orchestra with canned music at the world famous "Christmas Spectacular" since last Friday.

The mayor isn't getting involved in the talks, which involve Cablevision, the company which owns Radio City and waged an expensive campaign against the mayor's plan for a West Side stadium. The union accuses Cablevision of vastly underpaying musicians, who put on several shows a day throughout the holiday season.

Radio City says it has offered the already well-paid musicians increases in salary and benefits.

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