Metropolitan Opera officials struck a conciliatory tone in their first comments after the Met’s 32BJ SEIU security guards, porters and other full and part-time workers went public with their disgust over the Met’s proposed new contract, Commercial Observer has learned.
Met officials are circulating documents showing that the opera’s total labor costs rose 73 percent, from $185.9 million to $258.9 million, between fiscal years 2006 and 2013, and they pointed out that the Met’s potential health care and pension cuts in its proposal for 150 32BJ workers would reduce those employees’ compensation on a smaller scale than the Met’s proposal for its performers.
Things could get rowdy when a consortium of elected officials including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rallies near City Hall this afternoon to issue a report card to Joe Moinian’s The Moinian Group for alleged failings as a real estate developer and landlord.
The report card grades the developer – with letter grade “F” across the board – on tenant relations, safety, financial stability, vendor relations and the creation of good jobs.
“It’s going to be rowdy – we’re expecting hundreds of people,” said Jessica Ramos, a spokesperson for Build Up NYC, one of the groups spearheading the effort. “We want to create public support and awareness for them to be a responsible developer and build buildings with good jobs that actually help the economy.”