Musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra have voted to accept a deal that would provide them with salaries for the first time in nearly a year in exchange for returning to the bargaining table, where the company is seeking a permanent pay cut, which it has to say needed. Survived the epidemic.
Musicians and most of the Met’s activists were fired in April, shortly after the epidemic forced them to spread. Months later, the Met offered musicians a partial payment in exchange for a longer cut, but their union objected. Then the Met softened its position: Since late December, it has been offering musicians to pay up to $ 1,543 a week on a temporary basis if they agreed to start negotiations. While the union representing the chorus had agreed to the deal for more than a month, the union of the orchestra took longer to accept the deal.
On Tuesday, the musicians in the orchestra, who became Last major dress in America without a deal According to an email sent by the Met Orchestra Committee to its members, they agreed to take the offer, in order to receive epidemic payments.
“We are very pleased that our agreement with the orchestra has been confirmed and they will begin paying the bridge this week,” the Met said in a statement.
The orchestra committee, which represents the players in the talks, declined to comment.
Weather’s relationship with its musicians has been controversial during the epidemic months. Musicians have been discouraged from extended periods without pay, and are concerned that whenever they return to the opera house, their pay will be significantly reduced.
The weather has stressed that due to the financial impact of the epidemic there is a need to make economic sacrifices, Which states that the company costs $ 150 million in revenue earned.. For its highest-paid unions, the company is seeking a 30 percent cut – a change in take-home pay would be around 20 percent, he said – with a promise to reinstate by half when ticket revenue and core donations are at prependemic levels Let’s return.
Under the deal, musicians will receive up to $ 1,543 for eight weeks; Money received from unemployment or incentive payments is deducted from that total. If, after eight weeks, the musicians and the Met have not reached an agreement, but the negotiation is productive, the partial paycheck will be extended, according to an email from the Met explaining the proposal to the orchestra. The musicians’ labor contract expires in late July.
The Met offered the same deal to its choirs, dancers, stage managers and other employees, represented by a different consortium, the American Guild of Musical Artists. The union accepted the deal in late January, and its members have been receiving salaries for about five weeks.
The opera company hopes it can begin performing to the public in the fall, but the night will be determined by the results of virus and vaccination rates, as well as labor disputes of the season. company Ceased its staging in December His union rejected the proposal for a substantial pay cut.
In a note sent to the Met’s employees on Friday, a year after the Met closed its doors, the company’s general merger, Peter Gelb, wrote that the quick pace of vaccination had “lights at the end of the tunnel” that The announcement was made by President Biden. Nevertheless, Mr. Gelb wrote, the Met “needs to come to terms with the economic requirements” that the epidemic has sought.
“Even before the epidemic, the Met’s economics was extremely challenging and required a reset,” Mr. Gelb wrote. “With the epidemic, we have had to fight for our economic survival.”