Met Opera Strikes Deal with 3rd Major Union, 2014-15 Season Seems Safe

August 20, 2014 2:06 PM

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Three weeks ago, the 2014-15 season at the Metropolitan Opera was at risk of being compromised by a labor lockout, with management and all but a few of its 16 unions at odds and a July 31st deadline looming. At the 11th hour, a federal mediator was called in to keep talks going between the Met and two major unions. That led to an independent financial analysis of the $325 million operation and an extension of the contract deadlines. As we reported Monday, two critical pieces fell into place over the weekend when the Met reached agreements with the American Guild of Musical Artists and Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. At 3:15 this morning, when an agreement was reached with Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the storm cloud of a lockout seemed to dissipate, with Met management stating that “preseason rehearsals and preparations for the 2014-15 season will continue without interruption.”

Details of the agreement with the union representing stage hands, carpenters and electricians were not immediately made available, but the Met said the agreement would yield savings comparable to those achieved with the two other unions. Members of all three unions still need to ratify the agreement...

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