Local 802 (New York City) member Elvis Costello has canceled his November 1 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, stop from his Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers’ tour. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, members of Local 60-471, have been on strike for since September 30. They rejected management’s so-called “last, best, final” proposal calling for a 15% pay cut and other concessions.
“I am unwilling to cross an AFM picket line …” says Costello. “I hope the dispute will soon be settled honorably and amicably. We send our apologies to ticketholders and all our friends in Pittsburgh with thanks for your understanding and support of live music wherever it is heard.” The concert was to be held at Heinz Hall, the orchestra’s home venue.