Union members protested the unsatisfactory proposal presented by the museum after nearly a year of negotiations at play.
Union members called for salary increases and pledged to hold the museum accountable to “its lip-service to social justice.”
In a landslide victory, 101 workers voted “yes” while only six employees voted in opposition.
The union seeks a minimum wage of $20 by the end of 2024; the museum offered only $16.
“How can Dia, with its prestigious Board and reputation, justify paying us so much less than a livable wage?” one worker said.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Whitney has laid off approximately 20% of its staff.
Union organizers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music said the coronavirus caused them to shift their bargaining priorities to job security.
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.