Recently unionized workers urge the Guggenheim’s trustees to wield their influence on the museum’s “reluctant” management.
The staff, who have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, claim that “working conditions were not up to par.”
A panel at Verso Books discusses recent union efforts by art handlers at Uovo Fine Art and the ongoing struggles of arts workers to organize their workplaces and industry.
This will make MOCA only the second museum in Los Angeles after the Museum of Tolerance to have a union.
Former employees of the Marciano Art Foundation gathered at Rodeo Drive’s Guess storefront to distribute flyers about their unionization attempt. Union members staged simultaneous actions in solidarity on the East Coast.
About 50 employees of the Museum of Contemporary Art gathered outside of MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach’s office this morning and read a statement that formally declared their plans to form a union.
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.”
Workers at the white-glove art logistics company have announced their intention to form a union with Teamsters Local 814 for better healthcare and benefits.