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Jul 30, 2014

N.Y. Met Opera proposes federal mediators in bitter labor dispute

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera
has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most
bitter labor dispute with its musicians and other unionized
employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday.

The suggestion comes a day before current contracts expire,
but will not alter the Met’s plans to lock out the employees and
suspend their health benefits on Friday if new agreements are
not reached, the company said.

Jul 30, 2014

New York Met Opera proposes federal arbitration in bitter labor dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most bitter labor dispute with its musicians and other unionized employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday.

The suggestion comes a day before current employment contracts expire, but will not alter the Met’s plans to lock out the employees and suspend their health benefits beginning on Friday if new agreements are not reached, the company said.

Jul 30, 2014

N.Y. Met Opera proposes federal arbitration in bitter labor dispute

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera
has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most
bitter labor dispute with its musicians and other unionized
employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday.

The suggestion comes a day before current employment
contracts expire, but will not alter the Met’s plans to lock out
the employees and suspend their health benefits beginning on
Friday if new agreements are not reached, the company said.

Jul 25, 2014

Widow of NY man who died in police custody seeks federal probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The widow and other relatives of Eric Garner, who died last week soon after a New York police officer put him in a choke hold, met with federal prosecutors on Friday to ask for a civil-rights investigation.

Thousands of people have watched two bystanders’ videos that record Garner’s dying cries that he could not breathe as police wrestled him to the ground while arresting him outside a Staten Island beauty parlor last Thursday for peddling untaxed cigarettes.

Jul 24, 2014

N.Y. Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labor dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season.

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, wrote a letter to chorus members, orchestra players, stage technicians and other employees on Wednesday saying that they should prepare for a work stoppage if a new agreement is not reached when the current contracts expire on July 31.

Jul 24, 2014

New arrest videos add to scrutiny of N.Y. police use of choke holds

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Relatives of Eric Garner, who died soon after New York police put him in a choke hold, will ask federal prosecutors this week for an investigation as new videos emerged of a second recent case of police apparently using the banned hold on another man.

Bystanders’ videos of Garner’s dying moments last week as he was arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes have tested Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promise of mending frayed relations between the police and New Yorkers who belong to minority groups.

Jul 24, 2014

Preachers rail at police in funeral for NYC man who died in custody

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Preacher after preacher stepped up to the pulpit at a sweltering Brooklyn church on Wednesday to express fury at the city’s police force during the funeral of Eric Garner, who died soon after police put him in a banned chokehold.

As hundreds of mourners fanned themselves against the heat, the outrage sparked across New York City by video recordings, which show Garner flat on a sidewalk pleading to the officer gripping his neck that he cannot breathe, was never far from the surface.

Jul 23, 2014

Funeral to be held for NYC man who died after police chokehold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Family members gathered on Wednesday evening for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him in New York City where the death has sparked outrage and a promise to reform police training.

Garner’s wife, Esaw Garner, entered the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn leaning heavily on two young boys and looking distressed and exhausted. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, followed a few minutes later, her head bowed.

Jul 22, 2014

NYC police training to be overhauled after custody death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man’s death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday.

The dying moments of Eric Garner, 43, can be seen in two bystanders’ videos, which have provoked outrage in the city. Garner can be seen arguing with several police officers, who were arresting him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes, before he is grappled onto the sidewalk, pleading that he cannot breathe.

Jul 22, 2014

In chokehold death, NY police tactics clash with moves to mend relations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Bill Bratton returned in January for a second stint as New York City’s police commissioner, he often invoked two priorities – to mend relations with black and Latino citizens and to keep serious crime down with the same methods he used in the 1990s.

Just months into the job, those two missions appear to have clashed violently in the death of Eric Garner outside a Staten Island beauty parlor last Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold. The events have been watched by thousands on two videos taken at the scene and circulated widely online.