The workers, who make up 87% of faculty at the school, are striking until “a reasonable contract” is reached.
In open letters published by Hyperallergic, faculty and students at UC Irvine’s Art History and Visual Studies departments demand higher wages and more support for its academic workers.
After nearly three weeks on the picket line, the union says management compromised on all five of their demands in a hard-fought agreement.
We are fighting for ourselves and the working standards we deserve, but we are also fighting for the heart and future of the institution.
The museum and union have yet to agree on wages and healthcare.
The PMA Union authorized a one-day strike on September 16, days after it filed an Unfair Labor Practices complaint against the institution.
The union seeks a minimum wage of $20 by the end of 2024; the museum offered only $16.
The strike was our collective push for a California College of the Arts that truly represented our values after years of our voices being dismissed, ignored, or patronized.
Record attendance numbers at the Paris museum have not scaled with security personnel on staff, and employees say the situation is now dangerous.
The unionized workers, who have been without a contract since 2017, say the gallery privileges upper management at the expense of other employees.
The historic first part-time faculty union in the nation at Columbia College held the two-day strike to convey to the administration the seriousness of unresolved bargaining issues.
The strike stems from a change to the status of the museums’ workers set to go into effect on April 1.