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August 19, 2014IM -
The Metropolitan Opera in New York has reached a tentative settlement with two major unions yesterday morning – Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians which represents the orchestra and American Guild of Musical Arts represents the singers and dancers.
Both sides negotiated through the night and early into Monday morning to reach an agreement, with all parties making “equal concessions”. (Source) Unions members will be required to take a 3.5% cut in wages, a significantly smaller amount than the originally proposed 17%. The Met will match the value of the labor cuts on the administrative side as well as cut $11.25 million in other expenses.
The agreement came at a critical time. The Met Opera’s season opener is scheduled to take place on September 22nd. Read the full press release here.