Aug 01, 2014
By Andy Johnson
In New York, the Metropolitan Opera and its unionized employees have agreed to postpone a lockout for 72 hours, as a federal mediator tries to resolve their labour dispute. The opera had been threatening to lock out musicians and other unionized workers Friday unless contracts were hammered out by midnight. But late Thursday night, the two sides agreed to postpone the potential lockout to Monday. The Opera is demanding the unions accept salary cuts of 17 percent. That cut is intended to cover a deficit of $2.8 million in the company’s $300 million yearly budget.