09/24/2012 07:59 am ET Updated Nov 24, 2012

CSO Strike Also Has National Overtone

No sooner had a weeklong strike by Chicago public school teachers been settled than a walkout by musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra over the weekend again focused national attention on labor matters in the city.

The strike resulted in the cancellation of a concert under Riccardo Muti's direction Saturday night at Symphony Center andthreatened several more scheduled concerts this week, along with a scheduled tour to New York and Mexico in early October. It comes as a serious blow to the reputation of an internationally celebrated cultural institution at which labor contracts have been hard-fought over the years but have generally been settled without backroom contention boiling over into the media before they were signed.