The workers achieved an across-the-board pay increase of 3% in the first four years of the contract, with a 3.5% increase in the final year.
City of Workers, City of Struggle at the Museum of the City of New York tracks the evolution of the labor movement as an unpredictable passage of pitfalls and switchbacks.
After more than a year of negotiations, licensed HVAC assistant maintenance workers will receive $35 per hour while the annual salaries for new hires will jump from $45,760 to $72,800.
More than 90 workers will join Local 30, a union that includes installers and maintenance workers at New York’s MoMA PS1.
The workers chanted and handed out leaflets on Tuesday night as its summer exhibitions opened to visitors, amassing a crowd of nearly 300 supporters.
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.