The Metropolitan Opera has reached preliminary agreements with two trade unions representing its orchestra, averting, for now at least, a threatened lock out of those workers. The New York Times reported that the deal was announced shortly after 6 AM on Monday morning after a marathon all night negotiation. “These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties for their resolve in addressing multiple and complex issues,” federal Mediator Allison Beck said in a statement. “We are grateful for their commitment to the collective bargaining process and grateful most of all that the Metropolitan Opera,...

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