Members of the stagehands union were advised this week to prepare for a picket at the Metropolitan Opera in anticipation of a lockout. And according to one union source involved in the current talks between the Met and 12 of its unions, "there's virtually no chance of a deal" this week. The Met has pushed its contract deadline to Sunday night while a third-party financial analyst has been examining its books for over a week. But sources independently confirmed that the parties remain far apart on monetary and philosophical issues. If talks break down, a lockout could happen as early as Monday.
So where will the Met labor dispute end up? And how are the different parties making their cases? In this podcast, three views:
James Jorden, editor of the opera blog Parterre Box and a contributor to the New York Observer.
Drew McManus, an arts consultant who writes the blog Adaptistration.
Lois S. Gray, a Professor of Labor Management Relations Emeritus at Cornell University.
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