Carnegie Hall: Shows Will Go On as Union Talks Continue

Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 01:58 PM

Stagehands picket Carnegie Hall on Wednesday morning Stagehands picket Carnegie Hall on Wednesday morning (Brian Wise/WQXR)

Carnegie Hall is moving forward with its concert Thursday night, after canceling Wednesday's opening night gala due to a stagehand strike. The American Symphony Orchestra will play an 8 pm concert in the Stern Auditorium.

Meanwhile, the company says talks will continue between Carnegie Hall and the union representing its stagehands.

Stagehands are asking for jurisdiction over the company's new education wing — a request Carnegie Hall has so far refused.

The union on Thursday said it was suspending the picket line outside the hall.

Molyvos, a neighborhood restaurant, weighed in on the resumption of concerts:

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Jock Stender from Charleston, SC

The New York Times reports that some of these unionized "stage hands" who move pianos, set up chairs, plug in electrical wires and other simple tasks that don't even require a high school diploma earn over $400,000 annually.

I support 100 percent management's decision to resist allowing these thugs to take over work in the newly built section of Carnegie Hall.

It's a pity the union has spoiled the opening concert but I would not budge one inch until the lower-cost union agreement is in place. Let Carnegie Hall stay dark if needs be.

Reasonable people have zero sympathy for this sort of extortion, and management has a responsibility to stand up to it.

Oct. 04 2013 11:04 AM
Shira Gilbert from New York

New York presenter DCINY is still on edge not knowing if their rental of Weill Hall Saturday night can go forward. The artists have flown in, the hall is sold out! A back up plan at Merkin Hall was provisionally put in place before the news that Carnegie would be open tonight but now it is too late to make the move. Hopefully the show will go on! Please let me know if you would like a comment from a renting organization.

Oct. 03 2013 04:31 PM

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