Around 90 workers are organizing for better wages and benefits. “It’s about transparency,” one worker said. “We have no autonomy.”
Workers have partnered with city officials who are calling on the museum’s management to voluntarily recognize their union.
Record attendance numbers at the Paris museum have not scaled with security personnel on staff, and employees say the situation is now dangerous.
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.
The unionized workers, who have been without a contract since 2017, say the gallery privileges upper management at the expense of other employees.
After announcing their plans to organize a union earlier this month, this afternoon, the New Museum union received 38 yes votes against 8 no votes.
Staffers want to return to the goals of the museum’s founder Marcia Tucker, who hoped it would function as “a collaborative, self-critical, and ‘transparent’ organizational model.” They say the museum has hired a union-busting consulting firm to quell their efforts.
Local 30 union members gathered at the entrance of MoMA PS1 in Queens after “strained” contract renegotiations. Workers say they are paid significantly less than their counterparts at MoMA in Manhattan.
The parties settled on a five-year contract, ratified by a 96% margin, in which employee health benefits, salary raises, and chances for upward mobility in the MoMA ranks were put forth.
Members of MoMA’s biggest union have been working over 80 days without a contract, and we ask them to explain what’s going on.
As workers at one of the world’s most prestigious museums prepare for contract negotiations this week, dozens of workers participated in a museum-wide walkout.
About 100 MoMA workers and their supporters rallied outside the Museum as donors and trustees arrived to draw attention to ongoing contract negotiations that are currently at an impasse.