The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled its performances at the Kennedy Center this week because its musicians have declined to cross the picket line of the striking Opera House Orchestra.
The Opera House musicians struck Sept. 1 over issues of employment and wage guarantees. Previous contracts have ensured the musicians' salaries for specified numbers of weeks even when their services were not needed. The Kennedy Center, which is trying to reduce huge operating deficits, proposed to eliminate such guarantees and the musicians want to keep them. Although talks are scheduled for next week, prospects for an early end to the strike seem dim.