NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Metropolitan Opera musicians and others say they want to work with management to avoid a lockout that would shut down one of the world’s premier opera companies.
Several dozen union members rallied outside Lincoln Center Friday morning after labor talks were extended for an additional 72 hours.
Tenor Nathan Carlisle said workers want to work with Met General Manager Peter Gelb to find a middle ground. He called the Met “an amazing place to work.”
With just an hour to spare before Gelb’s vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, the company announced it had agreed to a federal mediator’s request to extend the talks.
“We want to work together with union representatives, and do everything we can to achieve new contracts, which is why we’ve agreed to an extension,” Gelb said.
The Met also announced it had reached new contract agreements with three of the 15 unions whose contracts expired at midnight: Local 32BJ, Local 210, and Local 30.