The museum has recognized the collective bargaining unit, bypassing the union election.
The staff, who have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, claim that “working conditions were not up to par.”
BAM administrative workers and cinema staff voted in favor of forming BAM’s seventh union by an 82% margin. “It’s heartening to see workers coming together and standing up for themselves,” one employee tells Hyperallergic.
A BAM employee says the union for administrative workers and cinema staff has been in the works for a year and a half, after workers “noticed a lack of transparency and discrepancies in codes of standards of conduct that BAM was holding for itself.”
The workers report low wages, scarce benefits, and unstable working conditions, calling the conditions unfitting of a museum that was founded to celebrate the labor struggles of immigrant families.
Staffers want to return to the goals of the museum’s founder Marcia Tucker, who hoped it would function as “a collaborative, self-critical, and ‘transparent’ organizational model.” They say the museum has hired a union-busting consulting firm to quell their efforts.
The parties settled on a five-year contract, ratified by a 96% margin, in which employee health benefits, salary raises, and chances for upward mobility in the MoMA ranks were put forth.
As workers at one of the world’s most prestigious museums prepare for contract negotiations this week, dozens of workers participated in a museum-wide walkout.
About 100 MoMA workers and their supporters rallied outside the Museum as donors and trustees arrived to draw attention to ongoing contract negotiations that are currently at an impasse.
On Monday evening, employees of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) who are members of the United Autoworkers Local 2110 voted to approve a new three-year contract that was offered by the museum’s administration on Friday.
This morning about 100 Museum of Modern Art employees who are members of the United Autoworkers’ Local 2110 delivered an open letter to museum director Glenn Lowry in his office.
Ever since the Museum of Modern Art’s contract negotiations with members of the United Autoworkers Local 2110 took a very public turn earlier this month, the Instagram account @MoMALocal2110 has been telling the stories of workers who would be affected by the proposed healthcare cuts.