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Sources: More Details Emerge on Earlier Met Talks

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Negotiators in the Metropolitan Opera saga are waiting on findings of an independent financial analyst, but NY1 has more details on earlier talks, and the sides are still far apart.

Sources tell NY1 that a letter from James Claffey, the President of Local 1, sent to members in the stagehands union earlier this week, said the Met rejected a proposal to freeze union wages for the next five years.

Instead, opera management pushed for a 14.5 percent cut in pay and benefits.

The letter said the pay freeze offer was formally withdrawn by the union after it was rejected.

NY1 is also told the letter said there are no further talks scheduled between the two sides.

Meanwhile, other unions fighting for contracts say they're planning to continue talks with management after the financial report is released early next week.

The Met says a lockout that could threaten the fall opera season is still on the table if a deal isn't reached.

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