The Arts: The Big Patron

Four months ago, Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg rushed to Manhattan to deal with a cultural crisis: it looked as if the Metropolitan, the U.S. leading opera company, was not going to have a season at all. Its 91-man orchestra was demanding a $98 increase in the basic $170 weekly minimum wage; management insisted that such a raise was financially impossible. But both sides accepted Goldberg as a peacemaker, the curtain went up, and last week Goldberg announced the result of his arbitration. He awarded a modest $10 weekly raise to the musicians, promised another $10 increase over the...

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