Contract negotiations are continuing between New York's Metropolitan Opera and 10 of its unions to avert a lockout.
Shortly before a 12:01 a.m. Wednesday deadline, Met spokesman Sam Neuman said there was "nothing to report" about ongoing talks with unions representing stagehands, carpenters and other artisans.
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The musicians of the two largest Met unions reached tentative four-year deals Monday.
Met general manager Peter Gelb demanded pay cuts of about 17 percent, citing skyrocketing production costs and shrinking audiences. Union members countered that such a radical move was unwarranted on a $2.8 million deficit against a $326 million budget. They say Gelb wasted many millions on failed productions.
The orchestra and chorus agreed to cuts of 3.5 percent and 3.5 percent more within six months.