They cited “intolerable” working conditions, inadequate benefits, and low pay.
Management canceled a Q&A with the creators of the 1979 film The Wobblies over concerns that it would be “co-opted by activists,” said the film’s distributor.
Some workers at the museum say they’ve experienced “aggressive union-busting tactics” since organizing.
“We want livable wages and to be able to live well,” said Rob Kempton, a security guard. “I think our efforts are warranted, and we aren’t going to go down without a fight.”
Usually prepped to dole out exhibition information to museum art-goers, last night the workers had a 400-dollar a plate dinner to protest and pedestrians to inform.
Since 2016, Olivia Marciano has served as the Foundation’s Artistic Director and is today a board member at the arts nonprofit LAXART. Former employees are demanding she speak up.
Around 50 workers assembled to protest the foundation’s announcement that it would be laying off its visitor services staff and shuttering its doors to the public. These developments came only days after a group of employees made public their decision to unionize.
Citing low attendance, the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles announced its decision to close indefinitely. The closure came just days after 60 employees publicly announced intentions to unionize.
“The tactics used against us have been brutal, nasty, coercive,” said one of the workers employed by UOVO, a high-end art logistics company. “What we’re asking for is just the ability to bargain as equals.”