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The dispute hangs on whether the stagehands – mostly prop-makers, carpenters and electricians – should have a role in a new educational wing that the Carnegie Hall Corp plans to open above the hall next year. The corporation wants to hire cheaper labor at the education wing. Negotiations with the union took an unprecedented turn on Wednesday when Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees decided to go on strike for the first time in the history of Carnegie Hall. However, when James Claffey, president of Local 1, emerged from negotiations on Thursday afternoon, he announced the union had agreed to pull down the picket line for the day, citing progress in the talks. “This is a goodwill gesture towards Carnegie Hall,” said Claffey, whose local has negotiated some of the most lucrative pay in the industry. He later said further progress had been made, and that even though picketing would continue, he hoped to reach a deal by Friday. Carnegie Hall’s five full-time stagehands make an average of $400,000 per year including benefits, The New York Times reported, citing the organization’s tax returns. Claffey said there were many more stagehands represented by the union who work only sporadically. “This dispute is not about those employees,” Claffey said. “This is about everyone else. These are middle class employees.” The strike forced Carnegie Hall to cancel a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra with violinist Joshua Bell.

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To find the community Facebook page, search the name of the town followed by “World.com” You can see news from these communities at tulsaworld.com/communities The show will be on the Grand Casino’s outdoor stage. The hotel stay is in the casino’s brand new 14-story hotel tower, which opened in July. Get tickets at grandshawnee.com George Strait George Strait is headed to the BOK Center in April for his “Cowboy Rides Away” farewell tour. Tickets to the George Strait concert scheduled for April 19 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at bokcenter.com To win tickets before they go on sale, just like facebook.com/tulsaworldscene or facebook.com/tulsaworld , leave us a comment about why you want to see this famous cowboy in concert and share the George Strait post with friends. Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman, the world’s best-selling soprano, stops at the BOK Center on Sunday. Tickets are on sale at bokcenter.com For a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this show, like facebook.com/tulsaworldscene or facebook.com/tulsaworld , leave a comment on the Sarah Brightman post and share it with friends. Patty Griffin Patty Griffin is headed to Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., for a much-anticipated show. Tulsan Eric Himan opens the Friday concert. Tickets are available at cainsballroom.com To enter the drawing for tickets, like facebook.com/tulsaworldscene or facebook.com/tulsaworld , leave a comment on the Patty Griffin post and share it with friends. Michael W.