Hyperallergic has an exclusive video produced by the Guggenheim Union about its rally at the museum’s reopening.
Upon their first return to the museum after its six-month closure, Guggenheim members were welcomed by a digital screen reading pro-union messages.
Union organizers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music said the coronavirus caused them to shift their bargaining priorities to job security.
More than 150 employees are organizing to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the museum’s security guards.
The complaint, filed by Local 2110 UAW, accuses the museum of laying off bargaining unit members in a discriminatory and retaliatory act and refusing to provide necessary information.
“As they parade around their executive pay cuts, [director] Lisa Phillips is still making at least $500,000 while 25 people now have no income and no health insurance during a pandemic,” the union said.
As news of layoffs and furloughs continue, the Hyperallergic team takes a look at the issues of concern at museums and elsewhere.
The Shed announced its decision to voluntarily waive the need for an election and recognize the union following independent verification by the American Arbitration Association.
The staff, who have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, claim that “working conditions were not up to par.”
A group of around 40 employees quietly entered the Palace of Fine Arts during an event. They silently held up their placards as many in the audience cheered and yelled “contrato digno” — a call for “dignified contracts.”
This will make MOCA only the second museum in Los Angeles after the Museum of Tolerance to have a union.
Employees cited low wages relative to experience, lack of benefits, schedule instability, and high turnover as some of the reasons behind their decision to unionize.