|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 12, 2014
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MEMBERS OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ORCHESTRA VOTE TO AUTHORIZE FUTURE STRIKE IF CONTRACT TALKS FAIL
May 12, 2014, New York, N.Y.—Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the MET Opera Orchestra Committee (the members’ negotiating committee), following receipt of devastating contract proposals from Metropolitan Opera management, today unanimously authorized the MET Opera Orchestra Committee to initiate (and subsequently terminate) a strike as it deems necessary. The vote today legally formalizes the option to go on strike should management’s intransigence warrant such an action. The musicians’ contract expires July 31.
Clarinetist Jessica Phillips Rieske, Chair of the MET Orchestra Negotiating Committee, said, “We remain hopeful that the negotiations will have a positive outcome. The Grammy Award winning MET Orchestra is not only one of the truly great orchestras in the world, but a beloved New York City cultural icon. To maintain this level of quality, the Metropolitan Opera must compensate its musicians at a standard that allows this ensemble to continue to attract and retain world-class talent.”
“We will continue to negotiate in good faith,” said Tino Gagliardi, President of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM, “and we are optimistic that an agreement can be reached that will not deny the opera audience of New York City and the Metropolitan Opera’s international audience access to the acclaimed artistry of the hardest-working orchestra in the world.”