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.
Both museums received Paycheck Protection Program loans in the millions.
Set aside time to brainstorm what an “ideal” employment contract might look like, how to foster methods of organizing, and more with members of the New Museum Union.
The workers achieved an across-the-board pay increase of 3% in the first four years of the contract, with a 3.5% increase in the final year.
The workers voted by a 96% margin to authorize a strike if their demands for higher wages, health care benefits, and improved worker safety are not met.