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New York Philharmonic Musicians Support Detroit Strike
Friday, March 04, 2011
The musicians of the New York Philharmonic will wear blue wristbands during performances this weekend to show their support for their striking colleagues in Detroit, according to The American Federation of Musicians. The navy blue bracelets read "AFM Solidarity."
The members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra walked off the job on October 4; five months later there is still no sign of resolution to contract negotiations.
Other orchestras participating in this weekend's show of solidarity include the Boston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
The DSO management told the Detroit Free Press late Thursday that legal teams from both sides are still discussing a union proposal made earlier this week. Musicians have said they will return to the stage -- without a contract -- if a binding arbitration panel is formed to work out unresolved issues.