|Release Date: 8/18/2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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.”
The unions and Met management reached tentative agreements after jointly retaining Eugene Keilin, a highly regarded independent financial analyst, to conduct a confidential financial analysis in an effort to help the parties reach new labor agreements.
“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.”
FMCS, consistent with its practice, will have no further comments regarding these negotiations.
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