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Metropolitan Opera says potential labor crisis has been averted
Metropolitan Opera says potential labor crisis has been averted

The Metropolitan Opera said Wednesday that it expects to reach new contracts with its unions, thereby avoiding a lockout and allowing the 2014-15 season to begin in September without interruption. The company said it arrived at a new agreement with its stagehands union late Tuesday and that final negotiations will take place Thursday with eight smaller unions representing backstage personnel. Earlier this week, federal mediators said that the Met had reached tentative agreements with its unions representing orchestral musicians and stage artists, including singers. The unions that still have unsettled contracts with the Met include those that represent box-office treasurers, costume...

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