In an effort to end the deadlock, which has led to recorded music being used for the Radio City's Christmas Spectacular, Bloomberg offered the use of Gracie Manson and proposed former schools chancellor Frank Macchiarola as a mediator. The mayor is not personally participating in the talks.
According to the AP, the major point of disagreement between the two sides is salary. Musicians say they are looking for a small salary increase; Radio City management claims to have offered a raise. Both sides have accused the other of lying about the status of contract talks.