Tensions rose even larger when the stagehands realized that the Met had outsourced some of its set building to nonunion retailers elsewhere on this nation and abroad. (In a letter to the union final yr, Peter Gelb, the Met’s common supervisor, wrote that the common full-time stagehand value the Met $260,000 in 2019, together with advantages; the union disputes that quantity, saying that when the regular further stagehands who work on the Met repeatedly, and generally full-time, are factored in, the common pay is much decrease.)
The stagehand lockout has not been absolute. Claffey mentioned that on the Met’s request, he has allowed a number of Local One members to work on the Met underneath the phrases of the earlier contract, significantly to assist the union wardrobe workers who’re on obligation.
But though the Met has now reached a cope with the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents its refrain, it has but to achieve one with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the orchestra. Both teams had been furloughed with out pay for practically a yr after the opera home closed earlier than they had been introduced again to the bargaining desk with the promise of partial pay of as much as $1,543 per week.
Adam Krauthamer, the president of Local 802, identified that due to the Met’s labor divisions, different performing arts establishments had been forward of the Met in reopening.
“Broadway is selling tickets; the Philharmonic is doing performances; they’re building stages right before our eyes,” Krauthamer mentioned in a speech on the rally. “The Met is the only place that continues to try to destroy its workers’ contracts.”
The rally had the backing of a number of native politicians who spoke, together with Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, and the New York State Senators Jessica Ramos and Brad Hoylman, who had a message for the Met’s common supervisor: “Mr. Gelb, could you leave the drama on the stage, please?”