Midnight: Peter Gelb starts locking out Met staffmain
The Metropolitan Opera last night locked out its stagehands after their union refused to accept pay cuts.
Next in line are the musicians.
On the day the New York Philharmonic reached a 4-year wage deal with its musicians, involving a 25% pay cut for 3 years, the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb went for outright confrontation. Gelb wanted a 30% cut, half of which would be restored once box office and donations reach pre-Covid levels, which may be never-never.
Fulltime stagehands earned an average $260,000 in 2019, including benefits, according to the Met.
The musicians, who can see what’s coming, said this: AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer: “Local 802 denounces the lockout by the Metropolitan Opera of the stagehands of IATSE Local 1. We are disappointed that Peter Gelb and Met management are taking advantage of the Covid pandemic to harm and demean these highly-skilled and valuable workers while weakening the cultural treasure that is the Met. The path forward to the Met’s revival should not be at the expense of the very workers who quite literally make the organization function behind the scenes. Taxpayers, private donors and audience members will be disappointed that the Met is taking this short-sighted approach and risking the artistic integrity of the organization. We insist that Peter Gelb and Met management end the lockout immediately and bargain for a fair contract in good faith.”