A complaint by UAW Local 2110 on behalf of the staffers accuses the museum of laying off workers without notice or severance and withholding information from the union.
The group of 71 educators constitutes 92% of the museum’s education staff.
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.
In a new tour, the Tenement Museum explores New York’s contagious history, from tuberculosis to the AIDS crisis, through three families.
Following President Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, cultural groups and organizations have issued statements against the ban.
The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tenement Museum, and Japanese American National Museum are among those speaking out.
Photography is strictly prohibited in the apartments of the Tenement Museum, where 19th- to early 20th-century immigrant living is recreated amid unrestored spaces.