Metropolitan Opera reaches agreement with AGMA, one of multiple unions in contract negotiations

Posted on: May 13, 2021

“The Metropolitan Opera, whose efforts to cut the pay of its workers to help it survive the pandemic had left it locked in a bitter dispute with its unions, threatening to derail its planned September reopening, announced Tuesday that it had reached a deal with the union representing its chorus and other workers,” writes Julia Jacobs in Tuesday’s (5/11) New York Times. “The union, the American Guild of Musical Artists—which also represents soloists, dancers, actors and stage managers—is the first of the three largest Met unions to reach such a deal after months of sometimes-bitter division between labor and management over how deep and lasting the pandemic pay cuts should be…. The terms of the deal … were not immediately disclosed; the company said they would remain confidential until the union held a vote to ratify the agreement on May 24…. The union that represents its stagehands, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, has been locked out since December, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement … And the union representing the Met’s orchestra is still negotiating its contract…. If approved, the agreement with the guild will take effect on Aug. 1.”