- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DETROIT (AP) - In a town where hard hats _ not concert tuxedoes _ have defined union street cred, striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians plan to protest Mayor Dave Bing’s decision to deliver his State of the City address inside an orchestra hall that hasn’t heard a note from them in months.

The rally at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Tuesday will serve as the latest step in an odyssey that started when they walked off the job Oct. 4 and includes their recent rejection of a contract that spurred the cancellation of the full season.

There’s more on the line than a mayoral speech. For many, it’s about the top-flight orchestra’s fight for survival against the backdrop of union battles in Wisconsin and other states.

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