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NEW YORK, Nov 18, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A contract agreement between New York's Radio City Music Hall and its orchestra returned live music to the annual "Christmas Spectacular" Friday.
The 35 union musicians struck Nov. 2, then found themselves locked out when they tried to return the following night. The holiday gala opened with recorded music.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg intervened in the dispute and invited both sides to meet with a mediator at Gracie Mansion this week.
Thursday night, both sides announced a contract had been reached, the New York Daily News reported.
"Our people are out of work, and now they're going back to work, and that's what it's about," union negotiator John Babich said of the settlement. Details of the agreement were not released.
Having the show whole again "announces to the world the official start of New York City's holiday season," the mayor said.
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