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Subject: Re: no FORZA
From: MLA <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:MLA <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:37:46 -0500
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A million dollars is still a great deal of money and perhaps a corollary reason was to prove to the unions that Management is vigilant in its cost-cutting. Aren't the contracts up for renewal soon?

Mike

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> On Jan 16, 2017, at 2:42 PM, Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I remember a few years ago the discussion of contracts for workers at the Met. 
> Stagehands get six figure incomes (something unimaginable in Europe) and are 
> not paid per performance. Was the orchestra the same? What cancellation would 
> save in a season is not all that clear since the Met is a shareholder in the 
> production and certainly has already contributed advanced sums. Stagehands will 
> get their regular salaries for only the little effort setting up the chairs for the 
> Requiem but the Met might save in the usual overtime payments. They will 
> certainly have to negotiate with contracted singer's agents over the cancellation. 
> Gelb is always faced with fixed costs which do not change much if there is a 
> concert performance or if the hall is dark. Seats are unsold but he faces 
> approximately the same fixed costs if the number of performances were reduced or 
> the season shortened. What is more worrisome is that, in the old days, Bing would 
> just call up a donor friend, drop by to pick up the check. 
> 
> Suddenly a million bucks is critical to the operation? Many of us remember the old 
> days when a million dollars would miraculously change your life in every way. 
> Today, it just might pay off the mortgage and buy you a mid-price weekend in the 
> Bahamas. The board should have been able to pass the hat.
> 
> Frank Cadenhead
> 
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