Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters shout as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.

The Met says it reached an agreement with the stagehands early Wednesday. It is still negotiating with eight smaller unions including those representing painters and costume and makeup artists.

The opera company says rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22.

Management had demanded salary cuts of about 17 percent and threatened to lock workers out if they did not agree.

The terms of the agreement with the stagehands were not disclosed. Published reports said deals reached earlier with the Met's orchestra and singers included concessions by both sides.

The agreements must be ratified by union members.

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