Citing “low salaries and lack of real career development,” workers say they will strike on November 8 if an agreement is not reached.
Artists, galleries, and museums are closing their doors to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, where Israeli strikes have killed upwards of 4,200 Palestinian people.
Workers say they’ve been left in the dark about the future of their jobs once the museum closes for a multi-year renovation.
One worker said the museum’s “skeletal” workforce bars the institution from functioning to its potential.
The action could disrupt public access to the museum as workers campaign for higher wages and better labor conditions.
The administration met the union on all of its demands, including raises across the board and increased healthcare eligibility.
Three weeks into their strike, part-time professors are escalating their protests, backed by public figures and disgruntled parents.
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.