UPDATE: The Met has reached tentative agreements with AGMA and Local 802. The contract deadline has been extended through midnight on Tuesday, August 19, to allow Local One and the other remaining unions with unsettled contracts more time to secure new deals with the institution.
Allison Beck, Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement this morning on tentative agreements between the Metropolitan Opera and two of its largest unions, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA):
I am pleased to announce that after many hours of intense negotiations, representatives of the Metropolitan Opera, Local 802 and AGMA have reached tentative agreements. These agreements are subject to ratification. Federal mediators joined the negotiations in response to a joint request for assistance from the parties.
These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties for their resolve in addressing multiple and complex issues. We are grateful for their commitment to the collective bargaining process and grateful most of all that the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s premier cultural institutions, will continue providing outstanding operas for all to enjoy.
I also wish to thank Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb, Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi, and AGMA Executive Director Alan Gordon for their cooperation in working with FMCS. Their leadership was vital to achieving this successful outcome. On a personal note, I thank my colleague, FMCS Commissioner Kathleen Murray-Cannon, for her extraordinary contribution to this result.
PREVIOUSLY: Met workers are now told to phone afer 4:00 AM to find out if they’re working
tomorrow later this morning.
Michael Cooper in the New York Times reports that although the lockout deadline has passed, the Met and unions are still talking. “A recorded message to update workers at the opera house asked them to check back after 3 a.m. on Monday to see if they would have to report for work.”
WSJ‘s Jennifer Maloney tweets “@MetOpera talks are going down to the wire. Phone number for union members to call for lockout updates says to check back in after 3 a.m.”
Watch this space for updates.