Carnegie Hall officials say this would divert funds away from educational programs and into costly stagehand fees. Instead of giving the Carnegie Hall stagehands jurisdiction, the hall wants to hire other unionized workers who cost less.
Carnegie Hall executive and artistic director Clive Gillinson said in a statement to The Times that the stagehands already have “one of the most lucrative contracts in the industry.”
The strike has forced Carnegie Hall to cancel its giant opening-night concert, which raised about $US2.7 million last year.
New York Public Radio editor Brian Wise tweeted this photo of the picket line outside Carnegie Hall:
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