FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2005
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG'S STATEMENT ON CONTRACT RESOLUTION BETWEEN RADIO CITY ENTERTAINMENT AND LOCAL 802
"I am pleased today that Radio City Entertainment and Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians have found common ground on a new collective bargaining agreement that addresses their recent differences and they have done so in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Since November 2nd, the 35 musicians of Radio City Music Hall's live orchestra and their families have faced a season of uncertainty, and thousands of holiday visitors have not had the pleasure of live music during the 'Christmas Spectacular,' one of the City's most famous holiday traditions.
"This Friday, the matinee performance of the 'Christmas Spectacular' will once again be accompanied by live music performed by the musicians of Local 802. This resolution between the musicians and management on wages and benefits announces to the world the official start of New York City's holiday season and affirms that our City will continue hosting spectacular events, and attracting countless new visitors.
"While the City did not become actively involved in this private labor negotiation, it is always in our interest to have organizations succeed, and working men and women contributing to the economic stability of their families and their communities. When it became clear that both sides had reached an impasse, we were able to provide labor and management the use of Gracie Mansion and the exemplary mediating skills of Dr. Frank Macchiarola. Dr. Macchiarola is a great New Yorker, who has graciously answered the call of public service each time we have reached out to him, and each time he has performed with exceptional skill. I am grateful to Frank Macchiarola for his service once again."
Edward Skyler/Jennifer Falk (212) 788-2958