Radio City Demands Apology From Musicians; Union Files Complaint

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The union representing the Radio City Music Hall musicians has charged that Radio City management demanded from musicians a public apology saying that they had lied about contract negotiations, the Associated Press reports.

According to a fax provided to AP, Radio City management wanted the union to place an advertisement in the New York Times reading "Local 802 sincerely regrets that it lied and misled the public, the press, and the patrons of Radio City Music Hall about Radio City's position at the bargaining table during our recent contract negotiation."

David Lennon, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 said that recent negotiations with Radio City broke down over the union's refusal to publish the letter. Lennon has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

"[It] is a bold-faced lie," Lennon said. "It is also an unlawful act." According to the union, the demand was made personally by James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which runs Radio City.

Radio City refused to comment to the AP on the fax or its authenticity, but issued a statement saying, "Local 802 continues to lie to the public and its members. Despite our repeated efforts, we have been unable to conclude a collective bargaining agreement and will not negotiate in the press. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will continue to go on as scheduled."

As instructed by their union, Radio City musicians arrived at the venue on November 3 ready to accept the contract offered by management and get to work. They found that they had been replaced in the holiday performance by recorded music.

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