N.Y.'s Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours, lockout delayed

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Posted: Jul 31, 2014 11:58 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera and its labor unions have agreed to extend negotiations for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout at the nation's largest performing arts organization, the Met said late on Thursday.

The Met Opera also said that it had reached new contract agreements with three of the 15 involved labor unions. The three unions, whose contracts were to expire at midnight local time, represent building engineers and various opera staff, such as ticket takers, ushers and security guards.

"We want to work together with union representatives, and do everything we can to achieve new contracts, which is why we've agreed to an extension," Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in a statement.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in New York; Editing by Eric M. Johnson)